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OneCircle Presents World’s First KeyKeg Made of 58% Recycled Materials


UniKeg/KeyKeg stand- Hall 4A / 4A-311 – at BrauBeviale from 12-14 November 2019 in Nürnberg, Germany

OneCircle, formerly known as Lightweight Containers, has produced a version of its market-leading 30L KeyKeg with an overall recycled material content of 58%. This is a world first development for a keg using such a high percentage of rPET. The circular keg will be showcased at the OneCircle booth at BrauBeviale, Germany. The technical innovation is part of OneCircle’s commitment to the circular economy and its ambition to produce keys from 100% recycled material in the future.

KeyKeg is the most innovative, safe and sustainable PET keg range and is revolutionising distribution by providing premium protection for draught beverages, ensuring they reach consumers around the world as fresh as the day they were produced. Its Double Wall technology ensures maximum safety during shipping, transport and dispensing and the unique laminated inner bag inside a high-tech PET container protects the taste and shelf-life of beverages better than single-walled kegs.

In the new keg, the outer container contains 62.5% post-consumer RPET material and the load-bearing inner container contains 40% post-industrial RPET material. Like every KeyKeg, the grip and basecup are made of 100% recycled PP. The product has been mechanically tested and passed all demanding tests which ensure KeyKeg’s high quality standards.

The availability of recycled materials in the marketplace is currently limited. Therefore, OneCircle is rapidly growing its KeyKeg collection community in order to ensure it has enough supply of circular materials to reuse in new kegs. OneCircle is aiming to start producing KeyKegs containing 45% recycled material in the second quarter of 2020.    KeyKeg is currently collected through hubs in the Netherlands, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Switzerland, Ireland and Belgium.

EU legislation requests all packaging to contain at least 25% of recycled materials in 2025 and 30% of recycled materials in 2030. By achieving the 45% goal, OneCircle will by far exceed the demands in EU regulations for 2030 already next year. OneCircle has also joined the Plastic Alliance and signed its declaration that its products meet the environmental criteria of the European Union so no additional tax needs to be levied on its products.

Commenting on the development, Bert Hanssen from OneCircle said: “OneCircle is committed to increasing the recycled content of its kegs as quickly as possible. That’s why we have taken the initiative and created our own collection hubs to boost recycling alongside existing waste streams. We want to grow the community as quickly as possible to enable the production of KeyKegs containing the maximum amount of recycled materials and make the circular economy a reality.”

About KeyKeg/Unikeg

KeyKeg and Unikeg are serving thousands of happy customers from warehouses and sales offices spread worldwide and production facilities in the United States, Germany, Spain, United Kingdom and the company’s native Netherlands. Across all continents, breweries, winemakers, producers of soft drinks and other beverages are making the switch to KeyKeg and UniKeg.

About OneCircle

The family owned business has an eye for the long term and especially for the environment. For this reason OneCircle (www.onecircle.world) was launched to create and implement collection networks in a number of countries and, where possible, adding to the existing waste streams.

To date, OneCircle has started successful collection and recycling projects in the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Spain, Switzerland, Ireland, France and Belgium and is exploring effective networks in other countries around the globe.

One Circle’s activities are continuous work in progress, but we are committed to taking responsibility for the end of life of our kegs and to partnering with relevant businesses to create a circular economy.

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