The world has a packaging problem, and we have a responsibility to help solve it. By investing in our planet and our packaging, we can help make the world’s packaging problem a thing of the past.
As the largest beverage company in Australia, we are responsible for driving change and leading the industry by example to reduce our carbon footprint and improve Coca-Cola’s environmental sustainability initiatives.
In 2007 Coca-Cola announced the goal of returning one drop of water to the environment for every drop we take out for our products and processes. We gave ourselves until 2020, but accomplished our target in 2016.
We have made our bottles and cans recyclable by design to give them every chance of being recycled. We are also investing in recycled plastic in our bottles to keep this material in a constant closed loop and out of our oceans or landfill.
We use entirely recycled plastic for 70% of plastic bottle production in Australia. That’s all bottles 600ml and under across our range of beverages including Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Mt Franklin and Pump.
We are reducing 10,000 tonnes of plastic per year from 2020. By using around 10,000 tonnes of recycled plastic each year, we avoid using around 10,000 tonnes of new plastic.
These programs pay people a 10 cent refund to return drink containers to recycling bins.
Our bottling partner Coca-Cola Europacific Partners, formerly Coca-Cola Amatil, has a 40-year history of operating the collection scheme in South Australia, and also helps operate the schemes in Queensland, NSW and the ACT.
These recycling schemes also give bottles the best chance of being recycled. They help create a cleaner waste stream that can be transformed into recycled content that has real economic value.
4. We work with recycling partners and refund schemes across Australia
We are working with many partners on many initiatives to reduce our carbon footprint and improve Coca-Cola’s environmental sustainability.
Our priorities are cleaning up marine debris, improving access to recycling in public places, and developing innovative solutions to recycle plastic waste.
Our non-profit partnerships include Keep Australia Beautiful, Eco Barge Clean Seas, AUSMAP, Coastcare, Citizen Blue, Plastic Collective and Envision Hands.
In the end, we know these are the first steps to solve a problem of this scale and complexity, but they are not insignificant ones.
Australians can count on us to do what we commit to – and that is to lead from the front to help create a world without waste.
Find out more about other sustainable packaging initiatives here.