"Plastic packaging gives our customers a safe, responsible and recyclable way to deliver products to their consumers," said Eric Roegner, President of Amcor Rigid Packaging (ARP). "PET is infinitely recyclable* and it’s carbon footprint is less than glass and other packaging materials. But there is still room for improvement, which is why we are working together with our customers and industry partners to boost recycling rates, increase the proportion of recycled content in the plastics we use, and reduce the waste in landfills and nature. Our goal is to create an overall positive impact for all stakeholders."
Not only are PET bottles and jars lightweight, shatterproof, transparent, recloseable and resealable, studies also show that they are infinitely recyclable, generate up to 70% less greenhouse gas emissions than other packaging types**, require fewer fossil fuels to produce than aluminum cans*** and have fewer transportation costs than glass1. Additionally, 90% of the PET that goes into recycling bins gets recycled2, while only 49% of cans3, 40% of glass2 and 16% of Tetra aseptic boxes4 get recycled.
Mr. Roegner also noted that 97% of Amcor Rigid Packaging's bottles and jars are designed to be recyclable. The company has pledged to develop all of its packaging to be recyclable or reusable by 2025.
In addition, Amcor is working with associations such as The Plastics Industry Association, NAPCOR, and The Recycling Partnership to promote plastics, increase recycling rates and drive greater use of post-consumer materials. Amcor is also working with environmental organizations, such as the World Wildlife Fund and the Trash Free Seas Alliance to eliminate plastic waste.