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Schweppes joins forces to improve plastic recycling in Australia

Tuesday 11, Aug 2020

Together with Pact Group Holdings and Cleanaway Waste Management, Asahi Beverages, parent company of GMA major partner, Schweppes Australia, have signed and officially launched a joint venture, paving the way for construction of a new recycling facility to begin.

This is a major milestone in the company's plastics recycling capabilities, and an important step forward in their commitment to minimise impact on the environment. Construction will start towards the end of the year, pending approval from Albury Council, and is expected to be fully operational by December 2021.

Pact is a leading provider of packaging solutions, and they will provide technical and packaging expertise in operating the plant. Cleanaway, an established waste collection business, will supply available PET feedstock through its collection and sorting network.  

Most of the recycled PET from the new facility will be used in Asahi Beverages and Pact’s products. It has been estimated that up to one billion 600ml PET plastic bottles each year will be processed at the site. Sustainability Victoria estimates that producing plastics from recycled materials saves approximately 88% of the energy required to make plastic from the raw materials of oil and gas.

By building the plastic recycling plant, Asahi Beverages are increasing Australia’s PET recycling capacity by 50%. They’ve also made a commitment to power part of the facility with solar energy.

Asahi Beverages say they are looking forward to creating a new future for their plastic recycling capabilities and making a real difference.