Coca-Cola is dedicated to collecting and recycling plastic bottles rather than switching to aluminium cans as the world’s largest soft drinks producer seeks to scale back its carbon footprint, its chief executive officer said.
Alongside multinational rivals, including PepsiCo and Nestle, Coca-Cola has started offering recyclable aluminium cans as well as plastic bottles for some water companies as the sector reacts to public outrage over the world’s oceans being contaminated with plastic waste.
However, Coca-Cola’s launch of a range of cans for sparkling water in the U.S. isn’t a part of a broader move, said CEO James Quincey during an interview in Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos.
Quincey stated import tariffs of 25% on steel and 10% on aluminium that U.S. President Donald Trump set last year to preserve national safety would also not modify its plan.
In 2018, Coca-Cola pledged to collect and recycle a bottle or can for every one it sells globally by 2030.
The company adopts different strategies around the globe to collect bottles. In some nations, it makes use of a deposit return scheme that enables consumers to return bottles in trade for incentives – such as cash, vouchers, or a points-scheme. It additionally works with private entities that make use of collection agents to retrieve used bottles.
In October, environmental organization Greenpeace said Coca-Cola was the world’s largest maker of plastic waste for two consecutive years.
Working with the Break Free From Plastic movement, it stated 11,732 branded Coca-Cola plastics were recorded in 37 nations – more than the next three top world polluters together.