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Europe's Bottled Water Producers Seek To Increase Plastic Recycling

By Dave Simpson

Europe's bottled water producers have set a goal of raising collection rates of plastic bottles to 90% by 2025 from 60% to improve recycling and cut pollution.

"Our packaging today is part of the unacceptable phenomenon of littering alongside other discarded items," the European Federation of Bottled Waters said in a statement.

The Federation, which represents national associations and several major companies, said the new industry goal was to collect 90% of all PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles by 2025, as an average across the European Union.

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Almost 60% of PET bottles are now collected for recycling, although with big national variations. The Federation did not say exactly how the goal would be achieved, nor did it give costs.

Some countries such as Germany impose high deposits on bottles to encourage recycling. Britain plans this year to introduce a deposit return scheme for single-use drink containers.

The Federation also said it would work with the recycling industry "to use at least 25% recycled PET in its water bottles by 2025, as an EU average". It says that the average EU citizen drinks about 110 litres of bottled water a year.

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