Biffa͕ the UK͛s leading sustainable Waste management business, and Nestlé Waters UK are delighted
to announce a new partnership to help accelerate a circular economy for plastics in the UK.
Biffa will be supporting Nestlé Waters UK to achieve its commitment of making every BUXTON® bottle
from 100% recycled PET (recycled polyethylene terephthalate or rPET), by collecting recyclable PET
bottles and reprocessing them here in the UK into rPET.
The partnership will enable Nestlé Waters UK to significantly reduce the amount of virgin plastic in
circulation and lead the shift to using high-quality food-grade recycled PET in the UK, which today is
sourced from Europe. Plastic is a lightweight, durable and low energy-intensity packaging material
that when recycled properly can play a sustainable role in modern life, helping to shape a waste-free,
lower carbon future. Together, Nestlé Waters and Biffa will ultimately offer a more sustainable choice
for consumers of natural source waters and encourage the UK to recycle more.
The partnership, which is being announced during the 17th year of WRAP͛s Recycle Week͕ is further
demonstration of Nestlé Waters͛ commitment to help consumers do more to recycle their plastics and
ensure PET plastic is recovered, recycled and reused.
Biffa has set a target to quadruple its plastic recycling by 2030, and the rPET supplied to Nestlé Waters
will come from the company’s new state-of-the-art plastic recycling facility in Seaham, County
Durham. The plant has the capacity to process the equivalent of 1.3bn plastic bottles each year and
will supply recycled material to Nestlé Waters͛ Buxton factory from 2021.
Michel Beneventi, Managing Director for Nestlé Waters UK, said͗ ͞This is a hugely significant step
forwards in achieving our commitment of making our BUXTON® range from 100% rPET. By working
together, sharing expertise across our companies to advance PET recycling for circularity, I believe we
can be a force for good, helping to create positive, long-lasting impact and change for the planet.
͞Having access to a local rPET supply reduces the carbon footprint of producing, sourcing and
transporting our packaging from outside the UK and demonstrates the value that plastic drinks bottles
have when they are recycled.
͞Nestlé Waters has ambitious commitments to sustainability, with a pledge for all its brands to be
carbon neutral by 2025. This collaboration with Biffa is a big step towards helping us achieve that and
making a circular system for plastics a reality.
We are very proud of our collaboration and what we will can achieve by working together͘͟
Chris Hanlon, Commercial Manager, Biffa Polymers, said: ͞At Biffa, a key pillar of our sustainability
strategy is to help build a circular economy in the UK, part of which is to help our customers develop
sustainable packaging that can fit into the closed-loop recycling system that we are working to
develop. The collaboration with Nestlé Waters UK is a great example of this strategy in action, using
recycled plastic to manufacture plastic bottles for resale. It demonstrates that when used correctly,
plastic can have a sustainable role in modern life and we’re very much looking forward to working
with Nestlé Waters UK and helping it to achieve its recycling goals.”
Helen Bird, Strategic Engagement Manager at WRAP, said͗ ͞We are vey pleased to see two of our
UK Plastics Pact members embracing the spirit of collaboration on which the Pact is founded. It is only
by working together, across the supply chain, that we can reduce our reliance on virgin plastics and
bring an end to plastic pollution. Using recycled plastic in the manufacture of new plastic products and
packaging is the whole point of recycling, and announcements like this help give confidence to the UK
recycling industry to invest in new capacity, so that we can keep even more plastic in use and out of
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