Recycling for beverage packaging
The third area of analysis in the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership report “Towards sustainable packaging materials” is recycling.
These figures surprised me in 3 respects:
1 The current recycling rates for PET, aluminium cans and glass are all remarkably similar at around 70%.
2 The recycled content of aluminium cans at 35% and glass at 25% is lower than I expected.
3 There is no publicly available data on recycled content for cartons.
UK recycling for beverage packaging
The full findings show that increasing the recycled content of PET to a minimum 30% would make it far more competitive in perceptions with glass and cans unless they improve their rates too. Which I hope they will.