We are working to advance technologies that allow us to use greater amounts of recycled materials in our packaging.
Cans and Bottles
More than half of the metal in our aluminum cans is recycled. Since introducing the first-ever beverage container with recycled PET in 1991, we have continued to invest significant dollars in development of environmentally and economically viable recycling technologies. Today, we lead the industry in the innovative use of recycled plastic. Learn how we create value through sustainable fashion.
The closures we use on bottles are 100 percent recyclable from a technical standpoint and highly recycled. They are made from high-density materials selected for their compatibility with most recycling systems. Most recyclers use a float/sink process where PET bottles sink and the closures and labels float. For this reason, and to minimize litter, we recommend that consumers recycle their beverage bottles by putting the cap back on before placing in a recycle bin. Like the PET plastic used in our bottles, there also are end markets for the material used in the caps, such as paint pails and battery casings.
We also invested in building PET recycling plants that produce bottles from recycled content in Australia, Austria, Mexico, the Phillippines, Switzerland and the United States.
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