Philippines Gets Major Plastic Bottle Recycling Plant
Jun 09, 2019

Coca-Cola’s Philippine branch will pioneer with an investment of one billion pesos ($19.3 million) to construct a recycling facility in the country, its first major investment in a recycling plant within entire Southeast Asia.

Gareth McGeown, president of Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines Inc. (CCBPI) said that the company aims to contribute to reducing plastic waste in the Philippines by collecting, sorting, cleaning, and recycling used polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottles.

“Coca-Cola has called the Philippines its home for 107 years and counting, and we want to do our part in ensuring sustainability within its shores,” McGeown said.

Once completed, it is expected to improve PET collection and recycling rates in the Philippines and generate more jobs, Coca-Cola said, adding that it was already in talks with a local firm and an “internationally recognised green technology partner.”

Coca-Cola, which was listed by environmental groups as one of the top sources of plastic waste both in the Philippines and worldwide, launched its “World Without Waste” commitment to collect all of its used bottles and cans by 2030.

Its commitment also includes making sure that its PET bottles are made up of an average of 50 per cent recycled materials.

“We recognise that there is a packaging waste problem in the world today, and this investment is one of the ways we are stepping up to be part of the solution for the long haul,” McGeown said.