Amatil cuts a further 50 tonnes of plastics annually

Beverage bottler Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) has discovered a new way to reduce its impact on the environment, by electricity sub-metering in bottle production . As a result of sub-metering annual carbon emissions can be reduced by 67 tonnes and the company is saving A$14,000 in power bills as well as 50 tonnes of virgin plastics anually.

Coca-Cola Amatil Australia managing director Peter West said that the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage helped the company install the electricity sub-meters at the Eastern Creek facility in Sydney.

“We’re a major user of plastic resin in bottling, mostly involving recycled plastic. We shape this resin into bottle preforms at Eastern Creek in Sydney. The resin must be dried to a low moisture content before it’s reshaped. All our preform machines have dryers to dry the resin but we identified that drying time varied enormously across machines – from as low as a few hours to over 20 hours,” said West.

Sub-metering allows the bottler to know the specific drying times and prevents resin loss from over-drying.

“As a result of lower materials loss, we’ve cut our total plastic use by 50 tonnes a year from this action alone. That’s a good commercial outcome, and another step forward for sustainability,” added West.

Amatil has previously cut back on the use of virgin plastics by making seven out of 10 of plastic bottles in Australia using only recycled materials. A move which decreased its annual virgin plastics use in Australia by around 16,000 tonnes.

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