In a move to address the environmental impact of plastic bottle waste pollution, the Coca-Cola System in Nigeria has announced the modification of its products’ bottles.

Director of Public Affairs, Communications, and Sustainability, Nwamaka Onyemelukwe, during her opening remark, reiterated the significance of the exercise and how the company is committed to fostering partnerships that promote environmental preservation.

“While we have made progress against our World Without Waste goals, we’re also committed to doing more, faster, so that we grow our business the right way. 

“That’s why in 2020, we signed a joint statement urging United Nations member states to adopt a global treaty to tackle the plastic waste issue and helped launch the Business Coalition for a Global Plastics Treaty in 2022. 

“We also announced an industry-leading target for reusable packaging aiming to have at least 25% of all beverages globally across our portfolio of brands sold in refillable/returnable glass or plastic bottles or in refillable containers. 

She added, “Ultimately, we recognise that we can’t achieve our goals alone. 

Addressing plastic waste and recycling challenges requires collaboration between the industry, the public sector, and civil society. 

“Through effective collaboration as well as partnerships with NGOs such as the Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance (FBRA), National Plastic Action Partnership (NPAP), Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF), we can help accelerate impact”.

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