As a nation, New Zealand is looking for solutions to the plastic problem. But how do we tackle the massive issue of plastic ending up where it doesn’t belong?
Coca-Cola in New Zealand is committed to driving change and leading the beverage industry by example.
Our key commitments in creating a world without waste
We have a responsibility to help drive solutions for the global plastic waste crisis. That’s why, in 2018, we launched World Without Waste – an ambitious, sustainable packaging initiative that is creating systemic change by driving a circular economy for our bottles and cans. The World Without Waste strategy has signaled a renewed focus on our entire packaging lifecycle – from how bottles and cans are designed and produced to how they’re recycled and repurposed – through a focus on three fundamental goals:
- DESIGN: Make our packaging 100% recyclable globally by 2025, and use at least 50% recycled material in our packaging by 2030.
- COLLECT: Collect and recycle a bottle or can for each one we sell by 2030.
- PARTNER: Work together to support a healthy, debris-free environment.
Globally, we’ve made strides in several key areas, with more work to come.
Coca-Cola New Zealand waste initiatives
Here in New Zealand, we’ve been working hard to make progress against these goals, improving the amount of bottles made from recycled material, and working with Government, industry and environmental partners.
- All plastic bottles, aluminium cans and glass bottles used by
Coca-Colain New Zealand as part of their beverage production are recyclable. This means after collection, the material in beverage packs can go on to have another life. We encourage people to check with their local council on their recycling of caps.
- All plastic
Coca-Colabottles in New Zealand, smaller than 1 litre and all sizes of water bottles, are made from recycled PET plastic. Our caps and labels are currently not made from recycled content but we are exploring technical options to help us address this.
- Since 2019,
Coca-ColaNew Zealand launched a television campaign to inspire and educate people about recycling.
Coca-ColaFoundation have provided a grant to local environmental group Sea Cleaners that has been valued at more than$300,000NZD every year since 2018. More than 4.8 million pieces of marine litter will be removed from waterways around Auckland in 2021 alone as a result. Coca-Colain New Zealand welcomed the Government’s announcement to consider a Container Return Scheme as part of their work programme for waste to accelerate New Zealand’s transition towards a circular economy.
No one can solve this issue alone, but if we all do our bit, together we can make a big change. We acknowledge that we still have a long way to go. But for now, we want to reassure Kiwis that we can be counted on to do what we commit to – and that is to lead from the front to help create a World Without Waste.