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From 2020, Coca-Cola will use 16,000 tonnes less of virgin plastic in Australia as it doubles its use of recycled plastic bottles in the Australian market.

In what is claimed to be the biggest commitment of its kind by any beverage company in Australia to date, Coca-Cola Australia and bottling partner Coca-Cola Amatil announced today that by the end of this year, 70 per cent of the plastic bottles manufactured for Coca-Cola Australia beverages – across soft drinks, water and juice in small packages (600ml and under) and including its major brands like Coca-Cola, Mount Franklin, Sprite and Fanta and Pump 750ml – will be made entirely from recycled plastic.

Quantifying this, Peter West, MD of Australian Beverages at Coca-Cola Amatil, said this will double the current use of recycled plastic across its beverage range by the end of this year.

"The increase in the use of recycled plastic means the company can avoid using around 16,000 tonnes of virgin plastic each year from 2020," West said.

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