Coca-Cola is planning to build the world’s largest plastic-bottle-to-bottle recycling plant in the US.
The $60m investment is part of the company’s goal to recycle or reuse 100 percent of its polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottles in the US.
The Coca-Cola Company and United Resource Recovery Corporation will build the recycling plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The plant will produce approximately 100 million pounds of food-grade recycled PET plastic for reuse each year, the equivalent of producing nearly two billion 20-ounce Coca-Cola bottles.
Over the next 10 years, the Spartanburg recycling plant is expected to eliminate the production of one million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions – the equivalent of removing 21,500 cars from the road.
Coca-Cola has been focused on PET recycling and reuse since introducing the first beverage bottle made with recycled material in 1991. Now the company uses recycled content in more than 17 countries, including the US.
The company is also beginning to recover and recycle Coca-Cola packaging materials including PET, aluminium, cardboard and plastic film and plans to develop centralised recycling centres throughout the US.