Recycling & the environment

Are the Buxton® plastic bottles recyclable?

Buxton water bottles are 100% recyclable. We apply recyclable-by-design principles when developing new packaging, which includes avoiding the use of materials and/or compounds that could reduce the quality of recycled PET.

How do I recycle Buxton® plastic bottles?

Remove the bottle’s cap, crush it flat and throw both the bottle and the cap in the recycling bin.

Do you use recycled plastic in your bottles?

The 75cl and 1 litre bottles are made from 100% rPET and available now from a wide range of retailers. The rest of the Buxton range, currently made with a minimum of 20% recycled plastic, will follow by end 2021. All the new bottles will remain 100% recyclable.

Why should Natural Source Water (Bottled Water) exist when we have safe tap water?

We believe water is the healthiest way to hydrate and should be encouraged in any format. There are a number of different reasons people then choose the waters they do. Buxton Mineral Water differs to tap water, as it is a protected underground source and is not chemically treated. Our consumers also enjoy its pleasant and unique taste. Whilst other consumers choose Buxton for its quality guarantee, or as a convenient and portable way to hydrate.

Have you reduced the amount of plastic used in your bottles?

In 2012, we launched a new state of the art factory and invested in the latest generation of bottling lines. These helped make our new designed bottle shape benefit from an average of 25% reduction of plastic used across the range.

Do you support Deposit Schemes (DRS)?

Yes, we continue to support the introduction of a UK wide Deposit Return Scheme.

We recognise that a well-designed, UK harmonised DRS can be effective in collecting more plastic beverage bottles and, by collecting separately, can increase the availability of local high quality, food-grade recycled PET (rPET) to aid a bottle to bottle closed loop.

What about bio-based PET or Bio-degradable materials?

We are determined to look at every option to solve this complex challenge and embrace multiple solutions that can have an impact now. We believe in the value of recyclable and compostable paper-based materials and biodegradable polymers, in particular where recycling infrastructure does not exist.

We need to push the boundaries and do more.

In December 2018, Nestlé announced the opening of the Institute of Packaging Sciences. This Institute will allow us to develop and test different sustainable packaging material, and work together with industrial partners to develop new packaging material

Nestlé is intensifying research into every aspect of packaging science to deliver the packaging of tomorrow. This includes notably research on biodegradability. Biodegradable plastic is a material that can decompose with the help of microorganisms.

In January 2019, Nestlé formed a global partnership with Danimer Scientific to develop a marine biodegradable and recyclable bottle for its water business. Danimer Scientific is a pioneer in creating more sustainable and more natural ways to make plastic products.

Nestlé Waters is also a co-founder of the NaturAll Bottle Alliance (with Danone, Origin Material, and more recently, PepsiCo) which aims to develop 100% virgin bio-based PET bottles by 2025 using only raw material that does not diminish food and feed resources.

The Alliance uses biomass feedstocks, such as previously used cardboard and wood’s sawdust, so it does not divert resources or land from food production for human or animal consumption. The technology being explored by the Alliance represents a scientific breakthrough for the sector, and the Alliance aims to make it available to the entire food and beverage industry.

Bottles made from bio-based PET will be as recyclable as conventional oil-based PET bottles

Are the Buxton® plastic bottles BPA free?

Buxton® plastic bottles are made of PET, the only plastic used in the UK for bottled water and it does not contain BPA.

Is rPET recyclable?

Yes rPET is 100% recyclable. Our bottles were already 100% recyclable and remain so.

How many of your bottles are recycled/reused?

On average 58% of all plastic bottles are collected for recycling in the UK. Learn more:

Is Buxton® committed to reducing and ultimately phasing out the use of throw away plastics?

With the right systems and approaches in place, plastic bottles do not need to be single-use, throw away objects, but can be a new resource with multiple potential uses through recycling and recovery. Our priority is therefore to support improvements to how bottles are collected and used. We have also partnered with Danimer and PepsiCo to develop a marine biodegradable bottle system:

What is R Generation?

R-Generation is a schools primary and secondary recycling programme created collaboratively with RECOUP and Wastebuster. The main objective of the R-Generation programme is to teach children the benefits and possibilities of recycling through interactive games and a varied education materials.