The REcycle action area deals with plastic collection, sorting and recovery. We examine the entire plastic packaging and products value chain, starting with production, through retail and all the way to disposal and recycling.
In so doing, we enjoy the benefits of our own know-how provided by all of our business units. However, we don't just make use of our internal expertise, but also work closely with external partners from science and industry in order to bring about further innovations in recycling. Our REcycle action area thus makes a key contribution to reducing the use of new material and instead deploys those plastics which already exist in the recycling loop.
The aim of the REcycle action area is as clear as it is multi-facetted: to move traditional product life, with its stages of production, purchasing, consumption, and disposal, into a recycling loop.
We aspire to recycle used materials in order to produce recycled products from them. Whenever possible, we keep recyclable materials in the recycling loop, such as Schwarz Produktion's disposable PET beverage bottles. Schwarz Produktion intends to use an average of around 90% recycled PET in its bottles by 2023. In Germany, they will even achieve the use of 100% recycled PET within 2021.
However, there are instances in which a recycling loop isn't yet feasible. In those cases, we nonetheless try to give those materials a second life through recycling. Because of statutory requirements, it is currently challenging to turn recycled food packaging which was collected without prior sorting into new food packaging. However, it may be processed into new applications, such as household products.
on average, sometimes even 100 percent
1.5 liter "Saskia still" – one of the lightest bottles on the market
used in 2019
saved in 2019