Plastics Recycling Update

Beverage giant invests in Mexican PET collection

PET bottles collected for recycling.

The collection push aims to provide more RPET for processing into food-grade resin. | Pook jun/Shutterstock

The Mexican Coca-Cola Industry and bottle recycler PetStar plan to invest $14.8 million to add 15 PET collection facilities across Mexico in 2023 and expand some existing facilities. 

According to local news reports, the investment also includes $2.8 million to triple PET container collection capacity at an Escobedo plant in Nuevo Leon, allowing that facility to recycle 18,400 tons of material per year. 

There’s another $5.4 million earmarked for expanding plastic collection points in the Baja California cities of Ensenada and Mexicali, allowing them to collect more than 543 million PET bottles by the end of the year. 

Those bottles will be sent to the PetStar recycling plant in Toluca, State of Mexico to be made into food-grade resin.

Arca Continental, the Mexican Coca-Cola Industry (IMCC) and PetStar’s long-term goal is to have more than 40 PET collection centers and plants throughout the country by 2027, a Mexico Now story reported

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