Environmental Protection: Coca-Cola Recycles 1.5bn Bottles

In commemoration of World Earth Day, Coca-Cola Nigeria says through its recycling initiatives, it is committed to the support of environmental protection and sustainability in Nigeria.

The Director, Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability, Coca-Cola Nigeria, Amaka Onyemelukwe said on Friday that the company recycled over 1.5 billion bottles and invested over $2m in plastic recovery and recycling efforts. She stated this while speaking during the maiden edition of the Business Day Dis-waste conference themed ‘Corporate citizens for clean cities.’

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According to Onyemelukwe, the eradication of waste in the country and the world at large through Coca-Cola’s World Without Waste initiative remained an integral commitment for Coca-Cola Nigeria.

While admitting that there was a global packaging waste problem, she said, “At Coca-Cola, our goal is to build better bottles for today and tomorrow by changing how we make them.”

She added, “There is an onus on us as a business to find innovative solutions to tackle this challenge. Through our World Without Waste initiative, we are working hard to ensure the world’s waste crisis is a thing of the past.

“We are working with multi-stakeholder collaborations and seeking to drive, create and accelerate the collection and recycling of our packaging.”

As part of its focus on design, she said, Coca-Cola recently changed its Sprite bottle packaging in Nigeria from the green plastic packaging to clear plastic to increase its recyclability.