The Beverage Industry’s Commitment to Sustainability
Not all plastic is created equally — PET plastic is easily recycled
The beverage industry plays a leading role in developing and innovating environmentally sustainable packaging and strengthening Canada’s beverage container and curbside recycling programs.
Canada’s beverage container recycling programs collect and recycle more than 5.7 billion containers annually, including PET beverage bottles, which are recovered at an overall national rate of about 75%.
The plastic beverage containers our sector uses are made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is a safe, durable, highly recyclable plastic material.
With a national beverage container recycling rate of about 75%, and an overall national plastic recycling rate of only 11%, the beverage industry is a demonstrated leader in Canadian recycling. Even so, we want every bottle back and in the circular economy where they belong.
DID YOU KNOW?
The beverage industry was instrumental in starting Canada’s first-ever Blue Box program in Ontario, and brought beverage producers together to launch Manitoba’s highly successful Recycle Everywhere program.
Every beverage bottle back
If you recycle right — in the recycling bin, or returning for deposit with the cap on — your beverage bottle can be recycled over and over again.
Not all plastic is created equally
PET plastic, what plastic beverage bottles are made of, is easily recycled and can be used to create new beverage bottles.
Made to be remade
The lifecycle of a plastic beverage bottle is longer than people might expect. Plastic beverage bottles, including the caps, are highly recyclable and recycled at high rates so they can be remade over and over again.
Better than you think
It’s simple — plastic beverage bottles are designed to be recycled. They are highly recyclable and recycled at high rates so they can be remade over and over again.
Beverage bottles are highly recyclable and recycled at high rates. We want them back — including the caps
Recycle your beverage container with the cap on to keep plastic waste out of the environment and in Canada’s circular economy.