Drinks giant Coca-Cola is transitioning from virgin resin-based plastic to using plastic bottles made from 100 percent recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) for their locally-produced brands in the Netherlands and Norway.
The Western European division of the beverage behemoth says the two countries join Sweden, which completed the switch in December 2019, in being able to sell products including Coca-Cola, Sprite and Fanta in rPET bottles. Large plastic bottles will follow in 2021, making it the second market to transition its locally produced portfolio to 100 percent rPET.
A key enabler for the switch in the Netherlands and Norway is the rapidly expanding and effective deposit return schemes operational in both countries, guaranteeing a supply to produce rPET.
“Well-designed Deposit Return Schemes can play an important role in delivering a circular economy for PET bottles at a