Initiative Reduces Litter, Provides Jobs and Supports Local Industries
Across Nigeria’s cities and
in many other developing countries, solid waste, including PET bottles and other non-biodegradable
materials, end up at dumpsites and landfills, often clogging drains and
waterways, contributing to health and environmental issues. In response to this
challenge, in 2005,
Coca-Cola funded the creation of the first two collection centers in Lagos, October 2005, and continues to subsidize the cost collection (buyback) to help sustain the project, which has grown to include more than 22 collection centers across 10 cities. The volume of recycled bottles has grown from 135 tons in 2005 to more than 6,200 tons in 2012, with a total of nearly 26,000 tons recycled since project inception.
In addition to reducing litter from PET bottles, the project employs an estimated 1,500 people, with many earning more than US$6 a day, in a country where about 70 percent of the population lives on less than US$2 a day. The synthetic fiber produced is valuable raw material that supports various local industries in producing textiles, mattresses, pillows, sofas, roofing sheets and insulation for buildings.
For its investment and support,
Coca-Cola received the “Best Company in the Environment” and “Most Socially
Responsible Company in Nigeria” awards in 2011. As of July 2013, three leading
beverage companies had signed a
Memorandum of Understanding with
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