Coca-Cola Australia announces increase in recycled plastic

Coca-Cola Amatil and Cocoa-Cola Australia have announced they will make 70 per cent of their plastic bottles entirely from recycled plastic by the end of 2019.

As part of Coca-Cola’s global commitment to a world without waste, it aims to increase recycled content and make all of its bottles and cans recyclable.

This initiative will double Coca-Cola Amatil’s use of recycled plastic across its beverage range and strengthen its commitment to Australia’s 2015 National Packaging Targets on recyclable and recycled materials.

Vamsi Mohan Thati, President of Coca-Cola Australia says, as one of Australia’s biggest beverage company, Coca-Cola Australia has 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 towards the end of 2019,” Vamsi says.

“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.”

During the past two years Coca-Cola, in Australia have invested more than US $1 million (about $1.4 million) towards cleaning up marine debris, improving access to recycling, and developing innovative solutions to recycle plastic waste.

Coca-Cola has committed to collecting and recycling as many bottles and cans as it sells each year.

Managing Director of Australian Beverages at Coca-Cola Amatil Peter West says the increase in recycled plastic means the company can avoid using 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,” Peter says.

“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 600 millimetres and under, across Coca-Cola’s soft drink, water and juice products.”

Both Coca-Cola Australia and Coca-Cola Amatil support grassroot initiatives to help collect and recycle beverage containers including CitizenBlue, Keep Australia Beautiful, and Eco Barge Clean Seas.

For more information, visit www.coca-cola.com.au

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