Coca-Cola moves to curb global plastic waste

In support of its environmental sustainability projects, the Coca-Cola Company has launched programs aimed at reducing plastic waste around the world.

In a press release titled "Coca-Cola Strategic Intervention in Environmental Sustainability," the company stated this.

The new plan, according to the company, will be aimed at reducing plastic waste globally, with an ambitious goal of making 100% of its packaging recyclable globally by 2025.

It went on to say that the company started by redesigning PET for its products to make them recyclable.

"Sprite, one of its largest global sparkling beverage brands, discontinued its trademark iconic green-colored PET and made the switch to clear PET packaging in 2020 across several markets globally, including Nigeria as of August 1, 2022," the beverage company said.

"By increasing the supply of high-value recycled plastic in the after-use market, enables better recycling and easier conversion into new bottles.

"The economy is currently linear, with materials extracted from the earth and products made from them eventually discarded as waste; however, with these investments in environmental sustainability, a circular economy is being launched, which means waste will be reduced and possibly avoided.

"Another signature project is the Empowering Collectors Initiative, implemented by Growing Businesses Foundation, a non-governmental organization, with the goal of improving Nigeria's largely unorganized plastic waste collection, aggregation, and recycling process, which also includes daily accomplishments of predefined tasks linked to the project's goals.

"The project has scaled plastic waste collection and micro-aggregation in six states: Kaduna, Lagos, Oyo, Enugu, Rivers, and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, with a target of recovering a minimum of 25,000MT of PET plastics, thus providing decent work and economic opportunity to plastic waste collectors and micro-aggregators," according to the statement report.

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