Coca-Cola is perhaps the most popular soft drink brand, but it is also the largest plastic polluter in the world.
A new audit found that the soft drink company in Georgia contributes to more plastic waste than the next three largest polluters combined.
The news follows from leaked documents that showed that Coca-Cola had tried to abolish the introduction of a deposit and refund scheme on plastic bottles to protect its profit.
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Coca-Cola is perhaps the most popular soft drink brand, but it is also the largest plastic polluter in the world. A new audit found that the soft drink company in Georgia contributes to more plastic waste than the next three largest polluters combined
The global audit was conducted by the global movement Break free from plastics, which employed more than 72,000 volunteers to comb beaches, waterways and streets around the world in search of plastic bottles, cups, wrappers, bags and scrap – it took place for just one day in September, according to The interception.
After the worldwide clean-up, the volunteers found 50 different types of plastic from nearly 8,000 different brands.
A total of 475,000 pieces of waste were collected and 11,732 of them belonged to Coca-Cola – the next largest contribution to plastic pollution in the audit was Nestle, PepsiCo, Mondelez International.
The rest of the companies include Unilever, Mars, P&G, Colgate-Palmolive, Phillip Morris and Perfetti Van Melle.
A total of 475,000 pieces of waste were collected and 11,732 of them belonged to Coca-Cola
Coca-Cola also appeared to have the most plastic waste in Africa and Europe, while it became second in Asia and South America.
However, it was Nestlé that was the largest plastic emitter in North America, followed by the Solo Company that makes the iconic red cups and in third place Starbucks.
Von Hernandez, global coordinator of the Break Free From Plastic movement said in a statement: “This report provides more evidence that companies urgently need to do more to address the plastic pollution crisis they have caused.
"Their continued dependence on single-use plastic packaging translates into the disposal of more disposable plastic in the environment.
"Recycling is not going to solve this problem."
"Break Free From Plastic’s nearly 1,800 member organizations are calling on companies to urgently reduce their production of single-use plastic and find innovative solutions aimed at alternative, non-polluting, delivery systems."
The Intercept was able to contact Coca-Cola about the new audit, which responded in an email statement: every time our packaging ends up in our oceans – or where it does not belong – it is unacceptable for us. In collaboration with others, we are working on tackling this critical global problem, both to help turn off the water when it comes to plastic waste entering our oceans and to clean up existing pollution. "
The next largest contribution to plastic pollution during the audit were Nestle, PepsiCo, Mondelez International. The rest of the companies include Unilever, Mars, P&G, Colgate-Palmolive, Phillip Morris and Perfetti Van Melle
The company also shared that it "invests locally in every market to improve the recovery of our bottles and cans," though leaked documents, obtained by The Intercept, from 2017 suggested otherwise.
The documents revealed the evidence of what Coca-Cola is fighting back & # 39; opposed the proposal to encourage recycling in Britain – although the company complies with such arrangements in other countries.
The company tried to abolish the introduction of a deposit and refund scheme for plastic bottles to protect its profits.
A Greenpeace investigation has revealed that an internal Coca-Cola Europe report contains what the company calls a risk matrix, outlining issues that could harm the company.
The document, entitled Public Policy Risk Matrix & Lobby Focus, contains a section entitled "Fight Back", with regard to arrangements for depositing bottles and increased collection and recycling targets.
Louise Edge, senior ocean campaigner at Greenpeace, who unveiled Coco-Cola & # 39; s lobby, said: "Cola devised a vague plan to reduce the plastic footprint.
But these revelations show that Coca's real plan is to continue to produce millions of plastic single-use bottles and not to take responsibility for what happens to them. & # 39;
HOW MANY RECYCLING ENDS IN LANDFILL?
Every day millions of us drop a plastic bottle or cardboard container into the trash – and we feel that we are making a contribution to the environment.
But what we may not realize is that most plastic is never recycled, and often ends up in landfills or incineration depots instead.
Of the 30 billion plastic bottles used annually by British households, only 57 percent are currently recycled, half of which goes to a landfill, half to waste.
Most plastic is not recycled at all, and often ends up in landfills or incineration depots. About 700,000 plastic bottles per day end up as waste
About 700,000 plastic bottles per day end up as waste.
This is largely due to plastic packaging around bottles that are not recyclable.
Every year the UK throws away 2.5 billion "paper" cups, which amounts to 5,000 cups per minute.
Shockingly, less than 0.4 percent of this is recycled.
Most cups are made of cardboard with a thin layer of plastic.
This has previously caused problems with recycling, but can now be removed.
Five specialized recycling plants in the UK have the capacity to recycle all cups in our shopping streets.
Ensuring that paper cups end up in these factories and that they are not thrown away inappropriately is one of the biggest problems with recycling paper barrels.
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