Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

17.39 14 Mar 2019


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The Coca-Cola Company has revealed it produces three million metric tonnes of plastic packaging a year.

It's among the companies to have revealed the figures via a new report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

It includes public disclosures of plastic packaging volumes from companies such as Mars, Colgate Palmolive and Unilever.

Nestle's figures show it produces 1.7 million tonnes of plastic packaging, while Danone's figures stand at 750,000 tonnes.

In the report, Coca-Cola reveals its 2017 plastic packaging figure as approximately three million metric tonnes.

The soft drinks giant says it's committed to 100% recyclable packaging by 2025 and 50% recycled material by 2030.

It's also pledging to help collect a bottle or a can for every package it puts in the market by 2030.

Overall, the consumer goods companies and retailers featured in the report commit to increasing recycled content in their packaging to an average of 25% by 2025.

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation's New Plastics Economy lead Sander Defruyt said targets and plans set out by the companies mark a "significant step forward compared with the pace of change of past decades".

However, he added: "[The targets] are still far from truly matching the scale of the problem, particularly when it comes to the elimination of unnecessary items and innovation towards reuse models.

"Ambition levels must continue to rise to make real strides in addressing global plastic pollution by 2025, and moving from commitment to action is crucial.

"Major investments, innovations, and transformation programmes need to start now."

Main image: File photo of Coca-Cola production line. Picture by: Jens Kalaene/DPA/PA Images

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