Coca-Cola HBC Reduces Its Plastic Use By Almost 5,000 Tonnes A Year
Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company (HBC) Ireland and Northern Ireland has announced that it has reached a key milestone in its journey to "A World Without Waste" as it has reduced its plastic use by almost 5,000 tonnes a year since 2019.
This move has been facilitated through the completion of a €13m investment in group's plant at Knockmore Hill, Lisburn, Co. Antrim.
The investment, combined with other measures across its packs, is a further sign of the Coca-Cola system’s commitment to creating a true circular economy.
Sustainable Cardboard Packaging
Coca-Cola also revealed today that it has moved all multi-pack cans within the range to more sustainable cardboard packaging.
The move will apply to all products within the multi-pack can range, including Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, Diet Coke, Fanta, and Sprite.
Larger multi-packs (10, 12, 20 and 24 cans) have been available in cardboard packaging since April 2021. This follows the introduction of new ‘KeelClip’ late last year, that saw smaller multi-packs (4, 6 and 8 cans) transition to an innovative cardboard solution.
In total, the move to more sustainable cardboard packaging will eliminate 500 tonnes of hard-to-recycle shrink wrap plastic annually.
This is the latest move in the group's global sustainable packaging strategy, World Without Waste, which aims to design more sustainable packaging and to collect and recycle the equivalent of every can or bottle it sells globally by 2030.
Miles Karemacher, Coca-Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Ireland general manager said: "We’re immensely proud to be the first soft drink producer in Ireland to move all our multi-pack cans to more sustainable cardboard solutions. This move helps us to move closer to our vision for a World Without Waste, by eliminating the use of more than 500 tonnes of shrink wrap plastic each year."
Dow Jones Sustainability Index
The Coca-Cola HBC Group was recently ranked global number 1 sustainable beverage company by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, recognising the company’s commitment to creating and sharing value for all stakeholders.
Key to this commitment is a focus on designing more sustainable packaging to create a true circular economy for waste.
In Ireland and Northern Ireland, all of the bottles and cans sold by Coca-Cola are 100% recyclable and the company has invested extensively in recycled plastic.
Today, 45% of its total plastic portfolio is made of recycled materials, which has removed 3,450 tonnes of new plastic each year.
Plastic used in its bottles have also been reduced by 10% since 2018.
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