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.
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