Coca-Cola promotes recycling and gives plastic bottles a “second life”
COCA-COLA Philippines and partners are helping communities realize the value of recyclable plastics by setting up more than 200 collection points nationwide where people can drop off their used and clean recyclable polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottles .
As part of its global vision to collect and recycle the equivalent of each bottle or can they sell, Coca-Cola, in collaboration with its partners – Plastic Bank, Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), Plastic Flamingo, PBEST, along with participating local communities (UGL) and private institutions – helped accelerate the company’s initiative on the proper collection and recycling of used PET plastic bottles.
What started in 2019 with more than 30 collection points where people can drop off their clean and used plastic PET bottles, has since grown and spread to multiple locations, covering more areas and communities across the country.
“We are fortunate to have found several partners who share the same vision of having more waste-free communities in the country. Coca-Cola recognizes the important role we play when it comes to tackling the problem of plastic waste. Providing easier access to collection points is a step forward towards a world without waste, ”Atty shares. Cashmer Dirampaten, Director of Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability at Coca-Cola Philippines.
The beverage company’s local bottling partner, Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines Inc. (CCBPI) has also worked with different LGUs to help improve collection rates in their respective cities and municipalities. Its project, “Tapon to Ipon,” encourages people in communities to practice proper waste separation and bring their clean and used PET plastic bottles to the waste collection centers of participating LGUs.
Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, the social investment arm of Coca-Cola, also actively supported solid waste management initiatives even before 2019.
To date, they have empowered nearly 40 zero waste communities in 22 provinces through its partners Pure Oceans, PeacePond Farmers Association, Spectrum, PBCAI and Teach for the Philippines, to name a few.
There are now more collection and drop-off points for recyclable plastic PET bottles in major cities and key provinces of the Philippines such as Makati, Pasig, Manila, Caloocan, Quezon and Muntinlupa; and Cavite, Batangas, Bulacan, General Santos, Bacolod, Leyte, Palawan, Negros Occidental and Sarangani.
The company has created a website that lists its more than 200 drop-off points to make it easier for consumers to find out where they can take their used and clean plastic PET bottles.
“Through these different collection and drop-off points, we hope to help people easily join our journey to further improve collection and recycling initiatives in the country,” adds Dirampaten.
Coca-Cola values its recyclable packaging and recognizes that it is unacceptable for its packaging to end up in rivers and oceans.
Its recyclable PET plastic bottles can be used multiple times, especially if a good and established collection and recycling system is in place. So in August and in addition to its efforts on the ground, the beverage company also launched its ‘Recycle Me’ initiative where it printed a bold ‘Recycle Me’ message on the packaging labels of all of its brands – inviting people to participate in collection and recycling. their bottles after enjoying the drink.
In line with its commitment to tackle the problem of plastic waste in the country – in addition to supporting empowerment and livelihood initiatives for people in the collection and recycling sector – Coca-Cola, through the intermediary of CCBPI, has also entered into a joint venture partnership with Indorama Ventures, a world leader in the manufacture and recycling of PET plastic.
Together, Coca-Cola and Indorama will build PETValue, the country’s pioneering bottle-to-bottle recycling facility located in General Trias, Cavite, which is expected to be fully operational in 2022.
Visit https://www.coca-cola.com.ph/en/sustainability/worldwithoutwaste to learn more about the roadmap and progress of Coca-Cola World Without Waste.