Coca-Cola Oceania and Coca-Cola Amatil have announced all plastic bottles smaller than one litre made in New Zealand will be made entirely from recycled plastic by the end of this year.
This includes all packaging smaller than 1 litre for brands like Coca-Cola, Sprite, Powerade, Fanta and L&P, as well as Kiwi Blue and Pump water across all pack sizes.
The announcement makes New Zealand one of the first countries in the world to achieve and exceed Coca-Cola’s global sustainable packaging goal to increase its use of recycled plastic.
Coca-Cola Oceania GM, Richard Schlasberg, said: “As one of New Zealand’s largest beverage companies, we have a responsibility to be part of the solution to the plastic waste crisis.
Coca-Cola Amatil New Zealand MD, Chris Litchfield, said: “Our move to substantially increase the use of recycled plastic means we will avoid using around 2900 tonnes of new plastic and that’s incredibly positive for our environment. Already all the bottles and cans we make can be recycled, and this takes it a step further towards creating a truly circular economy.”
The Coca-Cola Company has a global goal of reducing waste and collecting and recycling as many cans and bottles as it sells each year by 2030.