Recycling/washplant FAQs

Q: Why did Flight invest in the RPET plant when others have not?

As manufacturers of PET plastics packaging we believe we have a responsibility to minimise the environmental impacts. It has been our goal for many years to reduce our reliance on virgin materials and create our own brand of Flight RPET. This new plant achieves this.  An important part of this is about raising the profile of recycling generally, people want to know what is happening to their recycling.

Q: Why switch to recycled PET (RPET)?

In a survey conducted by Horizon Research on behalf of The Packaging Forum in 2017, there was a 77% importance rating for buying packaging that is made from recycled materials. Because Flight RPET is sourced from New Zealand’s post-consumer waste stream, it closes the loop for recycling of PET packaging in NZ.

Q: When did Flight start using recycled PET in its manufacturing?

We started in 2014 with imported RPET flakes. We decided at that time it was the first step towards closing the loop for PET packaging and that the ultimate goal was to eventually recycle plastics and create our own raw material from what was waste.

Q: How do you know that the plastic packaging from the supermarket is Flight recycled PET?

Look for the words ‘FLIGHT’ and ‘Recycled Plastic’ on the bottom of your packaging.

Q: What does the new Flight Plastics RPET plant do?

The RPET plant is the first plant in New Zealand to take PET bottles and containers recycled at kerbside around New Zealand and turn them into new food packaging.

Q: What are the benefits of RPET packaging made from kerbside collections?

Every PET bottle or container recycled at Flight is given new life, saving the import of materials and reducing waste to landfill.

Flight RPET containers are made from recycled PET containers. RPET packaging is 100% recyclable.

The Flight RPET plant reduces the need to import virgin PET because it produces a supply of recycled PET.

Q: Does RPET compromise the quality of my packaging?

No – RPET packaging can be used without compromise in performance, storage stability or visual appeal.

Q: What recycling symbol should I look for when buying plastic wrapped food and beverage?


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