Coca-Cola to recycle or reuse all aluminum cans

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WASHINGTON — The Coca-Cola Co. has announced an initiative to recycle or reuse 100% of the aluminum beverage cans it sells in the United States. The announcement comes after the company received the National Recycling Coalition’s "Recycling Works" award.

"We have made a commitment to ensure sustainability — and recyclability — of our packaging," said Sandy Douglas, president of Coca-Cola North America. "We envision a world in which our packaging is no longer seen as waste, but as a valuable resource for future use."

Coca-Cola presently uses about 60% recycled aluminum in its cans.

The new effort in sustainability is an expansion of a previously announced initiative to recycle or reuse all of the company’s PET plastic bottles.

Coca-Cola also is investing in and boosting recycling programs. Last year, the company invested $60 million in various recycling initiatives, including support for RecycleBank’s curbside collection program and the building of the world’s largest PET bottle-to-bottle recycling plant in Spartanburg, S.C. Coca-Cola Enterprises also formed Coca-Cola Recycling L.L.C. in 2007.

"We established Coca-Cola Recycling to help increase recycling rates in North America and to ensure that our system has ready access to recycled material," said John Burgess, president and chief operating officer, Coca-Cola Recycling. "By the end of 2008, Coca-Cola Recycling will recycle more than 100 million lbs of PET and aluminum."

In the Feb. 5 issue of Food Business News, John Brock, president and chief executive officer of Coca-Cola Enterprises, said: "Sustainability is clearly on the agenda of what our customers want to hear from us." To read the article, "In the shadow of sustainability," click
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