Coca-Cola Great Britain, General Manager Jon Woods talks about sustainable packaging, recycling and reducing litter and what the company’s position on these issues really is.
Our packaging is really valuable to us – it’s essential for the
That starts with what goes into our packaging in the first place. All of our plastic packaging is 100 per cent recyclable. It sounds simple, but unfortunately not everything out there is. Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) who make and package our drinks have worked hard to achieve this.
CCEP also use as much recycled and renewable material in its packaging as possible, for example recycled plastic. At the moment that's around 25 per cent and plant based material is used too in PlantBottles™. That means that if you recycle the bottle in your hand it will most likely enjoy a new life as another bottle.
I don’t want to see any packaging discarded on the road side or ending up in the ocean after our drinks have been enjoyed. That’s why
Experts from the
We have also discussed a deposit scheme in Scotland and have had constructive conversations with government and NGOs. Around the world we have supported and endorsed deposit schemes where we believe they are well designed and managed and will work efficiently to improve recycling rates.
In Scotland we do have genuine concerns about the impact of a deposit scheme on the existing household recycling system and how the system would work in practice but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to see more packaging collected and recycled.
Jon Woods is General Manager of Coca-Cola Great Britain and Ireland. Read more about our sustainability initiatives.