Coca-Cola has stepped up its fight against the plastic packaging problem, announcing 70% of its plastic bottles manufactured in Australia will be made from recycled plastic by the end of this year.
This will double Coca-Cola Amatil’s use of recycled plastic across its beverage range, including all small packages under 600 mL, as well as Coca-Cola, Sprite, Fanta, Mount Franklin and Pump 750 mL.
“As Australia’s biggest beverage company, we have a responsibility to help solve the plastic waste crisis,” Vamsi Mohan Thati, President of Coca-Cola Australia said.
“This is a big commitment to recycled plastic — the largest of its kind by a beverage company in Australia — and will significantly reduce the impact of our business on the environment.”
As a result, the company can avoid using around 16,000 tonnes of virgin plastic each year from 2020, according to Coca-Cola Amatil Managing Director of Australian Beverages Peter West.
“We’ve heard the community message loud and clear — that unnecessary packaging is unacceptable and we need to do our part to reduce it nationwide.
“That’s why we’ve taken this step to make recycled plastic the norm in more than two-thirds of our Australian beverage product range.
“It’s the single largest increase in recycled plastic use in our history, and our strongest step forward in reducing packaging waste and the environmental impact of our operations,” West said.
The move is part of the Coca-Cola Company’s global World Without Waste commitment to increase recycled content and make all of its bottles and cans recyclable. One of these commitments is to collect and recycle as many bottles and cans as it sells each year globally by 2030.
West also said it follows other initiatives such as the elimination of plastic straws, support for cost-effective well-run container deposit schemes and support for the 2025 National Packaging Targets.
“Our landmark transition to use 100% recycled plastic in bottles began with Mount Franklin Still Pure Australian Spring Water in 2018. Following extensive research and development, this will now roll out across other brands in bottles 600 mL and under, across Coca-Cola’s soft drink, water and juice products.”
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