Coca-Cola creates 3m tonnes of plastic packaging per year

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Coca-Cola has disclosed that it creates 3m tonnes of plastic packaging a year, revealing the amount of plastics it uses for the first time in a report published by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with UN Environment.

The first Global Commitment report calls for an end to secrecy over companies’ plastic footprints and reveals details of industry and government efforts to tackle plastic waste and pollution. The 31 global companies who have publicly disclosed their packaging volumes include Coca-Cola, Carrefour, Colgate Palmolive, MARS Incorporated, Nestlé, SC Johnson, and Unilever.

Coca-Cola’s annual plastic production amounts to about 108bn bottles a year, more than a fifth of the world’s PET bottle output of about 500bn bottles a year, according to The Guardian.

This comes as England plans to adopt a new recycling scheme that would see consumers pay a deposit on all drinks containers similar to those in existence in other countries.

Sweden’s Pant token system has been around for over three decades. Consumers return plastic bottles to recycling machines and receive a token (a pant) in exchange worth either 1 SEK for a small bottle or 2 SEK for a large one. The token can be used for charitable donations, go back into a PayPal account or offset against food shopping bills at supermarkets.

Source: Forbes

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