To mark World Environment Day today, The
World Environment Day was founded by the United Nations Environment to promote worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. This year, the UN is calling on people across the globe to help “Beat Plastic Pollution.”
In January 2018, the Company launched a global goal to fundamentally reshape its approach to packaging through its World Without Waste initiative. This initiative aims to collect and recycle the equivalent of 100% of its packaging by 2030.
Across the continent the Company’s packaging focus on design, collect and partner is making strides. In South Africa for example, the bottle water brand Bonaqua is packaged in an eco-twist bottle, which uses intelligent design to enable the bottle to be easily compressed and take up less space in the recycling bin.
Additionally, through the efforts of PET Recycling Company (PETCO), which
In Uganda, the Company’s bottling partner has invested US$1.4 million in a subsidiary called Plastics Recycling Initiative (PRI), which is now the largest plastic recycling business in Uganda, collecting about 14 tons of plastic daily, empowering plastic collectors to earn a living, 80% of whom were previously unemployed women.
In Zimbabwe, the beverage industry with the blessings of the Environmental Agency Association (EMA), has developed a multi-award winning company, PetrecoZim, which was formed in 2011, but became fully operational in 2014. PET collection has steadily gone up and is now at 15.38%, up from 7.69% last year. Since January, the company has collected 160 000 tonnes a month, no mean achievement. The operation has now decentralised, moving from Harare to other centres like Bulawayo, Mutare, Gweru, Masvingo and Mutare.
And in Kenya, the Company has partnered with like-minded industries to launch the PET Recycling Company (PETCO) today, to promote and regulate the recycling of PET material after their initial use.
“We will be taking these examples from across the continent and learning from them to innovate and invest in a waste-free Africa, said Maserame Mouyeme, Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability Director for