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When recycling plastic waste now, even PET bottles that have been separately collected are not recycled as ‘food containers’. From next year, the so-called ‘bottle-to-bottle’ method of recycling plastic bottles containing bottled water or beverages, which is crushed, washed, and turned into beverage bottles again will be introduced in Korea.

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When recycling plastic waste now, even PET bottles that have been separately collected are not recycled as ‘food containers’. From next year, the so-called ‘bottle-to-bottle’ method of recycling plastic bottles containing bottled water or beverages, which is crushed, washed, and turned into beverage bottles again will be introduced in Korea.

Plastic can be used over and over again, and for more details, environmental reporter Jang Se-man reported exclusively.

Coca-Cola is one of the largest food companies in the world using plastic.

By 2030, 50% of the raw materials for PET bottles will be recycled.

French bottled water company Evian also makes 100% of its bottled water from recycled containers after 4 years.

The European Union has committed to increasing the share of recycled raw materials in the manufacture of plastic bottles by at least 30% by 2030.

There is a reason ‘bottle-to-bottle’ recycling is being introduced one after another.

Recycling of existing PET bottles is used once as low-value-added raw materials such as non-woven fabrics and stuffed cotton, and then thrown away as garbage.

Recycling is right, but not sustainable.

Infinite regeneration of plastic bottles

On the other hand, the ‘bottle-to-bottle’ method can be used as many times as the original value is repeated, enabling practical resource circulation.

Currently, in the European market, recycled PET raw materials for food are traded at more than 30% higher prices than low-grade raw materials.

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This ‘bottle-to-bottle’ method of recycling will start next year in Korea as well.

The Ministry of Environment confirmed the announcement stipulating the quality standards of raw materials and equipment standards of related companies and made an administrative notice last week.

In the meantime, the stumbling block has been safety and hygiene issues.

What if a PET bottle containing pesticides is ever used for food?

For this reason, the Ministry of Environment started a separate discharge system for transparent PET from the end of last year.

Since a clean waste PET collection network has been established, only the PET bottles secured here will be used for food.

However, since the average monthly collection amount is only 1,000 tons until the first year of the implementation of separate emission, government support is urgently needed to increase the collection amount.

(Video editing: Lee Hong-myeong, CG: Uhm So-min)

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