Coca-Cola Amatil’s carbonated soft drink bottle made from 100 per cent recycled plastic has earned the company a finalist position in the 2019 Waste Management and Resource Recovery Awards.

Organised and hosted by the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Associated of Australia (WMRR) and Inside Waste magazine, the awards program received 88 nominations across 10 categories.

Australian beverages group managing director at Amatil, Peter West, said the finalist position recognised the world-leading performance of the company’s Sydney-based technical team.

“Our switch to 100 per cent recycled materials for carbonated beverages is an Australian first, and possibly a world first,” West said.

“Conventional wisdom was that 100 percent recycled materials were not durable enough to hold fully carbonated beverages. Our technical team proved that wrong by designing a 100 per cent recycled PET bottle that can withstand 100psi, the pressure inside a carbonated bottle.”

Amatil’s 100 per cent recycled plastic bottles for carbonated beverages is a “major sustainability breakthrough,” said West, with the technical team “already sustainability winners in our eyes for delivering this bottling breakthrough”.

Since the switch to additional recycled material, Amatil has reduced its virgin plastic use by around 10,000 tonnes a year.

The 2019 Waste Management and Resource Recovery Awards winners will be announced on 14 November in Sydney.

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