New Zealand Recycled Plastic | Flight Plastics leads the way on recycling PET, opening a brand new integrated PET recycling plant in 2017.

PET is the most used packaging material in the world today, and now Flight offers its customers a range of high quality food safe, rigid plastic containers made from recycled PET (RPET).

The recycled PET content in Flight’s RPET products is no less than 30%, and up to 88%. During Flight’s production process the RPET material has a thin layer of brand-new virgin PET applied to each side, ensuring there are no food-safety compromises for our customers and consumers.

We believe the most sustainable solution for waste PET packaging is to recycle and re-use it locally.

The opening of Flight’s fully integrated PET recycling plant at our Wellington site means:

  • Flight customers in New Zealand and Australia can source eco-friendly RPET trays and containers made completely in-house by Flight.
  • RPET containers may themselves be recycled again and again.
  • Each tonne of waste PET Flight recycles is a tonne of material diverted from the waste stream, and simultaneously a tonne of new material is no longer required to be imported.
  • Flight has now closed the loop for recycling of PET packaging in New Zealand, and this material is available to our Australian customers as well!

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New Zealand recycled plastic food and beverage packaging make great business sense for all NZ food producers, horticulturalists and farmers. When compared with virgin PET, Flight’s RPET food packaging:

  • Is difficult to see a visible difference in the product.
  • Has no loss of function or performance.
  • Is processed using the same tooling & thermoforming equipment.
  • Is cost-neutral.
  • Meets all applicable food safety standards.

Using Flight RPET is an opportunity for our customers to:

  • Share in the public recognition of using recycled plastic.
  • Add a clear point of difference and top sustainability position compared to your competition.
  • Attract customers who are highly motivated to change their buying behaviour in regards to plastic.
  • Take a ‘first mover’ opportunity in your market and strengthen your position as an environmentally friendly and sustainable brand.

Contact us now to find out about using recycled PET (RPET) in packaging.


View our recycling brochure

Flight’s new state of the art RPET extrusion plant can take recycled PET flakes and re-process it for use in new PET packaging.



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