Coca-Cola Australia and Coca-Cola Amatil announce a major increase in recycled plastic

BY Australian Retailers Association
25 April 2019

Coca-Cola Australia and Coca-Cola Amatil recently announced a major increase in the use of recycled plastic as part of a global commitment to help solve the world’s packaging problem.

The world’s largest beverage company said 70% of the plastic bottles manufactured for it in Australia will be made entirely from recycled plastic by the end of 2019.

This will double Coca-Cola Amatil’s use of recycled plastic across its beverage range. It includes all small packages 600ml and under, including brands like Coca-Cola, Sprite, Fanta, Mount Franklin and Pump 750ml.

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

“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 furthered.

Peter West, Managing Director of Australian Beverages at Coca-Cola Amatil, 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 [1].

Amatil’s increased use of recycled plastic followed initiatives such as the elimination of plastic straws, support for cost-effective well-run container deposit schemes and the company’s support for the 2025 National Packaging Targets.

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.

To learn more about this announcement and Coca-Cola’s sustainable packaging goals and initiatives, visit coca-colajourney.com.au/sustainability.

[1] Compared with 2018 baseline

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