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PepsiCo plans to use 25% recycled plastic content by 2025

PepsiCo has announced that it plans to use 25% recycled content in its plastic packaging by 2025 as part of its sustainability vision.

PepsiCo aims to achieve this goal by collaborating with its suppliers and partners, helping to educate consumers and advocating for improved recycling infrastructure and regulatory reform in certain markets.

The goal includes a specific aim regarding PET (polyethylene terephthalate) beverage bottles, as the company hopes to achieve 33% recycled PET content by 2025.

Dr Mehmood Khan, vice-chairman and chief scientific officer at PepsiCo said: “PepsiCo’s sustainable plastics vision is to build a PepsiCo where plastics need never become waste.

“We intend to achieve that vision by reducing, recycling and reusing, and reinventing our plastic packaging — and leading global change through partnerships.

“Already, PepsiCo is one of the world’s largest users of food-grade recycled PET. To further boost recycled content across all plastic packaging and drive progress towards a circular economy for plastics, it is vital to dramatically increase global waste collection and recycling rates through investment in recycling infrastructure and technology.”

Earlier this month, PepsiCo signed a multi-year supply agreement with sustainable packaging producer Loop Industries, and PepsiCo says it will begin incorporating Loop’s plastic into its product packaging by early 2020.

In September, the company also made a commitment to triple the content of recycled plastic in its bottles across the European Union by 2030, aiming to achieve 50% recycled plastic (rPET) content in its bottles by this time.

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