Coca-Cola Enterprises said it had written to Government ministers ahead of the announcement

Coca-Cola Enterprises said it had written to Government ministers ahead of the announcement

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has welcomed the implementation of the UK Government's packaging recycling targets.

The proposals, published on Friday (16 December), aim to stop around 400,000 tonnes of packaging going to landfill by 2017. The Government said it is hoping to "ease the demand on raw natural materials and improve resource efficiency" through the targets.

CCE said it had written to Government ministers ahead of the announcement, requesting the move.

"CCE welcomes the Government's announcement of stretching new recycling targets for Great Britain," said the company's recycling director, Patrick McGuirk.

"We recognise clearly the need to transform recycling in this country, which is why we are making a multi-million pound investment in the Continuum Recycling joint-venture, and why we are working in association with Sita UK ... to recycle all clear PET plastic waste from the Olympic Park next year," he added.

Continuum Recycling is a UK joint-venture set up between CCE and Eco Plastics in September.