Punjab orders soft drink manufacturers to recycle plastic bottles

The Scientific Panel of the Punjab Food Authority (PFA), under the direction of Director General (DG) PFA Raja Jahangir Anwar, declared that beverage producers would have to recycle their plastic bottles. By making this effort, the province hopes to lessen the effects of pollution and global warming.

According to the meeting, several beverage companies have decided to provide their fizzy drinks in Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) bottles made from food-grade recycled plastic.

These businesses will initially recycle 4% of their plastic bottles, with the intention of increasing the percentage to 50% by 2030. The scientific panel members talked about the technical aspects of using recycled PET (rPET) at the conference.

To ensure the safety of customers and the environment, DG Anwar further stated that beverage businesses will test rPET bottles in a lab once every three months and would submit a quarterly report to the regulatory body.

In order to aid businesses in their manufacture and provide potential help to fix any issues, PFA will set up a facility to test rPET plastic.

The DG expressed hope that recycling of food-grade plastic will lessen the amount of plastic pollution that has impacted the ecosystem as a result of the millions of bottles used each day. Furthermore, Pakistan will benefit from foreign investment from the recycling of rPET bottles. He continued by saying that a new action plan will be created using the recommendations of the scientific group.

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