A new analysis from Greenpeace revealed that the Coca-Cola company is not working hard enough to prevent damage to the environment.
Coca-Cola has done nothing but produce and throw away over 100 billion plastic bottles. Just last March the company was under scrutiny for declining the disclosure of how much plastic they manufacture in one survey of the top six global drinks manufacturers, done by Greenpeace.
The environmental group has found that Coca-Cola hasn’t been helpful to the environment. Since 2012, The group has focused on the company sales figures within specific product lines, and the amount they represented in overall packaging.
Greenpeace found that Coca-Cola sells around 108-128 billion plastic bottle annually. The research concluded that Coca-Cola’s single-use plastic bottles for about 60 percent of its global packaging. This was at a rate of 12 percent from the years 2008-2015. The large soda giant has set a goal in 2013 that focused on increasing recycling in developed countries by 75 percent, all by 2020.
The analysis from Greenpeace finds that the recycling rate isn’t increasing, but instead rising. From data in the years 2013-2015, the recycling rate went from 63% in 2013, to 61% in 2014 and 59% in the year 2015.“The rate at which Coca-Cola is pumping out single-use plastic bottles is just breath-taking,”said Louise Edge, senior oceans campaigner at Greenpeace UK.
“In the absence of full disclosure from Coke, we’ve calculated that it produces over 100 billion throwaway plastic bottles every year – an eye-popping 3,400 a second – while refusing to take responsibility for its role in the plastic pollution crisis facing our oceans. Our oceans simply can’t stomach any more of Coca-Cola’s plastic,” she said.
According to Greenpeace, 16 million plastic bottles are being thrown into the ocean each day in the UK. UK households use about 480 plastic bottles on average annually, but choose to recycle about 270 of them. Coca-Cola Britain’s spokesperson explained how “upset” they were to see Greenpeace UK’s report.
“Coca-Cola is one of the few consumer goods companies whose packaging is 100 per cent recyclable. In Great Britain, we have reduced the amount of packaging we use by 15 percent since 2007 and we currently use 25 per cent recycled plastic in all of our bottles,” a spokesperson for the company said.
“Globally, we continue to increase the use of recycled plastic (rPET) in countries where it is feasible and permitted. We are also actively involved in conversations with policy makers and other experts about what more can be done to reduce litter and improve recycling and recovery rates and are one of the companies who have agreed to join DEFRA’s litter strategy working group which will focus on addressing this problem,” it added.
Coca-Cola UK announced in March that it would implement a deposit return scheme (DRS) in Scotland, to sway consumers into recycling their soda bottles with a refundable charge. The soda giant emphasizes that it will stay committed to searching new ways to reduce waste and cooperate with stakeholders to raise the recycling rate in all of Britain. In October of last year, a study was was published from Recycle Now, which is the recycling campaign in the England, which is government-funded.
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