Coca-Cola to recycle 15% pet bottles in 2022 in Nigeria, scale up collection in six zones
Posted By : Deepak Naik | Date : Feb 28 2022 6:10 AM
Towards promoting environmental sustainability, Coca-Cola Nigeria has revealed plans for the collection and recycling of 15% of its products in the Nigerian market this year.
To achieve the set target, the Director, Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability, Coca-Cola Nigeria, Amaka Onyemelukwe, said the company, its bottling partners Nigerian Bottling Company and through funding from the Coca-Cola Foundation will increase its investments to scale pet collection across the country and drive the required behavioral changes.
Coca-Cola foundation will be investing over $2 million to scale up collection across the six geographical zones and drive behavioural change projects in 2022. “Our goal is to achieve our 2030 ambitious goal of enabling 100 per cent collection for every packaging we put in the market,” she said.
Onyemelukwe disclosed this to newsmen in Lagos and explained that concerted efforts to stem the tide of environmental degradation has seen the company make huge investments in leadership, by fostering industry collaboration, encouraging investments and attracting international intervention, including funding.
She further informed that through funding from the Coca-Cola Foundation in partnership with a local Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) and a waste aggregator, a mini factory has been set up in Delta State for the conversion of pet bottles into strapping belts, which would be commissioned in the second quarter of 2022. It is expected that this will drive more positive actions as regards environmental sustainability.
She said: “We are aware that more investors have begun to have the confidence to invest in the setup of recycling plants to further drive positive action, which will be commissioned later in 2022. In 2021, over $1.1 million in grants were awarded to various NGO partners and social ventures to drive recycling initiatives in various communities.
“It’s our resolve to open up the sector for more participation, with a view to attracting counterpart funding from the international community. This is based on the prospects we see in the recycling sector that can produce thousands of jobs for the teeming population”.
Onyemelukwe commended the efforts of the government and urged them to provide more tax incentives for companies investing in recycling infrastructure, in a bid to attract more investors, while also introducing environmentally-friendly policies.
She also called on other citizens, (individual and corporate) to rise up to the challenge of making the environment better by embracing behavioral change.
The success story of Coca-Cola’s leadership is in the establishment of a coalition known as the Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance (FBRA), an industry partnership between Coca-Cola, Nigerian Bottling Company, Nestle Plc, 7UP bottling company and Nigerian Breweries, all partners coming together to build a sustainable economy for food and beverage packaging, which has today evolved to a 21-member coalition championing environmental sustainability in the food and beverage sector.
“Our journey to a world without waste requires that we all come together in collective action for a litter-free world. Our consumers in local communities are being educated and enlightened about the importance of waste management to aid our advocacy in the recovery of recyclable materials,” she added.
She highlighted that a greener environment remains a priority for Coca-Cola, which is why environmental issues are considered business enablers that sit at the core of all their decision-making processes.