PepsiCo to increase recycled content in bottles by 2030

The company set a long-term goal to have 50 percent recycled plastic in its bottles across the European Union.

September 12, 2018

PepsiCo, with global headquarters in Purchase, New York, has announced a goal to have 50 percent recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) in its bottles by 2030 across the European Union, according to a report it released Sept. 5. The report says the company has a short-term goal to include 45 percent rPET in its bottles by 2025. Through this goal, the report says the company will more than triple the amount of rPET it uses, equating to over 50,000 metric tons (about 55,115 short tons) of rPET. 

According to the report, PepsiCo’s goal comes in support of the European Commission’s voluntary recycled plastics pledging campaign to ensure that by 2025, 10 million metric tons (more than 11 million short tons) of recycled plastics are used to make new products in the EU market. PepsiCo’s goal covers all countries expected to be members of the EU in 2025 as well as all the country’s beverage brands in PET, including Pepsi, Pepsi MAX, 7Up, Tropicana and Naked. The report says the goal will apply across PepsiCo’s operations.

In addition, PepsiCo has a broader, global vision, which includes a goal to design 100 percent of its packaging with recyclable, compostable or biodegradable materials and to reduce the packaging’s carbon impact by 2025, according to the report. The company estimates that currently about 90 percent of its beverage packaging worldwide is fully recyclable.

The PepsiCo report adds that the company had already been using about 13 percent rPET in its EU beverage operations in 2017. 

The company offers more information on its sustainability initiatives on its website.