Coca-Cola to use 100% recycled plastic in all on-the-go bottles in the UK

The move is expected to help save more than 29,000 tonnes of virgin plastic each year

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Coca-Cola Great Britain has made a commitment to use 100% recycled plastic in all on-the-go bottles across its entire range in the UK.

That means all plastic bottles of 500ml or less in Britain will end the use of non-recycled plastic, with the rollout expected to start in September.

The move, which will boost the amount of recycled plastic material in smaller bottles from 50% to 100%, is expected to help save more than 29,000 tonnes of virgin plastic each year.

it is another step of Coca-Cola’s transition to using only recycled or renewable plastic in all its bottles and the creation of a circular economy for its PET packaging.

Stephen Moorhouse, General Manager at Coca-Cola Europacific Partners GB said: “Increasing the amount of recycled plastic we use is a critical point in our sustainable packaging journey and reaching 100%rPET puts us one step closer to achieving our ambition of a world without waste – collecting and recycling a bottle or can for every one that we sell by 2025.”

UK Environment Minister Rebecca Power welcomed Coca-Cola’s move as a “significant step”.

She said: “We are committed to crack down on plastic pollution through our landmark reforms such as a deposit return scheme for drinks containers and making manufacturers more responsible for their packaging. Bold measures of this nature from industry will play a huge role in helping us to achieve this ambition.”