Coca-Cola vows to use recycled plastic bottles

Coca-Cola Australia and Coca-Cola Amatil have announced a major reduction in the amount of new plastic being used for bottles.

By the end of this year, 70 per cent of Coca-Cola’s plastic bottles in Australia will be made entirely from recycled plastic, the company claims.

This will include all beverages across its soft drink, water and juice range in 600ml bottles and under, including major brands Coca-Cola, Mount Franklin, Sprite, Fanta and Pump (750ml).

The move is said to be part of Coca-Cola’s global commitment to a World Without Waste and to increase recycled content across bottles and cans.

Globally, by 2030, Coca-Cola is committed to collecting and recycling as many bottles and cans as it sells each year, the company says.

President of Coca-Cola Australia, Vamsi Mohan Thati, said: “As Australia’s biggest beverage company, we have a responsibility to help solve the plastic waste crisis. That is why we will make 70 per cent of our plastic bottles entirely from recycled plastic by the end of 2019.

“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.

“Coca-Cola’s goal is to keep plastic packaging out of our oceans and landfills and instead be used over and over again,” Mr Thati said.

Managing Director of Australian Beverages at Coca-Cola Amatil, Peter West, said the increase in the use of recycled plastic means the company can avoid using around 16,000 tonnes of virgin plastic each year from 2020.

“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,” he said.

“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.”

Mr West said Amatil’s increased use of recycled plastic followed initiatives such as the elimination of plastic straws and support for cost-effective container deposit schemes.

“Our landmark transition to use 100 per cent 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 600ml and under, across Coca-Cola’s soft drink, water and juice products.”

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