‘Infinite regeneration’ by making bottled water from bottled water… start next year

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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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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 reused as many times as you want, and environmental reporter Jang Se-man covered it exclusively.

Coca-Cola, the US food company that uses the most plastic in the world, has decided to use recycled PET for 50% of its raw materials by 2030.

French bottled water company Evian will also make 100% of its bottled water from recycled containers from 4 years later.

The European Union has committed to increasing the share of recycled raw materials in the manufacture of plastic bottles to 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.

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 fact, the obstacles in the past have been safety and hygiene issues.

What if a PET bottle containing pesticides is 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 measures to increase this collection amount are urgently needed.

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