It may surprise you to read that when disposed of properly, PET bottles are one of the most reusable materials. In North America, most of our recycling facilities have been built around the materials that are most used. One of those materials is the PET plastic that most beverages are packaged in. So, PET is one of the most recyclable materials available. Problems only occur when bottles aren’t disposed of correctly.
When you purchase a bottle of Whistler Glacial Spring Water, it’s packaged in a PET or rPET bottle. PET is made from new plastic while rPET is made from recycled PET.
PET and rPET can be recycled an infinite number of times, meaning one bottle can be recycled and made into a bottle again an unlimited number of times.
If all PET and rPET bottles get recycled, there will be no plastic bottle waste.
When you return or recycle a PET or rPET bottle, it’s taken to a recycling processing facility. The bottles are power-washed and shredded. The shredded plastic is melded into new bottles or preforms. This process provides an 86% energy savings over manufacturing new plastic.
Whistler Water receives our bottles as preforms, pictured in the image above. We use heat and air to blow mold the preform into our iconic mountain bottle. Because preforms are much smaller in volume than bottles, Whistler Water saves a lot of fuel by shipping preforms to our facility rather than bottles. In fact, we emit 7.5x less fuel emission by using preforms.
- In British Columbia, you receive $0.10 for every bottle you return to a depot.
- 71.2% of plastic bottles are returned for recycling in BC
- Using plastic from recycled bottles to make new bottles saves 86% of the energy required to make bottles from new plastic
- Beverage recycling in British Columbia has prevented 103,808 tonnes of CO2 equivalent from being released into the atmosphere.
You can make a huge difference in the sustainability of the products you buy and use by returning and recycling properly. Check the recycling code on items to see how you can recycle responsibly.