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Recyclable bottle project piloted for world waste

Coca-Cola Beverages is piloting its 2L returnable bottle made of PET plastic that offers consumers value for money and is also good for the environment in the Border-Kei districts and Nelson Mandela Bay in the Eastern Cape.


These new bottles can be re-used up to fourteen times and thereafter they can be recycled and made into new bottles. If the rollout is successful in the province, it is expected to be rolled out to the rest of the country.


“Through innovation and our infrastructure investment in this packaging line, we are providing consumers with greater value for money. The new plastic bottle also supports the Coca-Cola company’s global commitments to address the world’s waste problem,” said Velaphi Ratshefola, Managing Director of Coca Cola.


The recommended retail price for the 2L Coca-Cola original taste – less sugar beverage is R15, which excludes a R9 deposit. Other brands, like Coca-Cola No Sugar, Sprite and Fanta, are also available in the new 2L returnable PET plastic bottle at a recommended retail price of R12 excluding the R9 deposit.


Once a bottle is returned to Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa, it will go on a looped journey to be cleaned to Coca-Cola’s stringent measures and requirements, then refilled and start its next life-cycle.  When the bottle reaches the end of its useable lifecycles, it will be recycled and turned into another PET plastic bottle.


During 2018, more than 98 000 tonnes of post-consumer PET was collected and diverted from landfills in South Africa, which were given a second life through recycling, saving 612 000m2 of landfill space.


“We are committed to increasing recycled material in our packaging and ensuring more packaging is collected and recycled,” adds Ratshefola. 


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