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Coca-Cola trials attached caps in recycling initiative

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Coca-Cola Great Britain (CCGB) and Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP) are to trial attached caps on their plastic bottles to ensure that the entire package is recycled and no cap is left behind.

Production of bottles with attached caps has begun this week at CCEP’s site in East Kilbride, Scotland. Consumers in Scotland and the North of England will be the first ones to experience the new attached caps to 1.5-litre bottles of Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, Diet Coke, and Fanta. CCEP owns the Coca-Cola business in Australasia.

According to the soft drinks company, all of its bottles – including the caps – have been 100 per cent recyclable for years, but not all are being recycled. The bottle caps are often separated from the bottles, lost, discarded, and littered. The new design makes sure that the cap stays attached to the bottle after opening so that the entire item can be recycled.

“This is a small change that we hope will have a big impact, ensuring that no cap gets left behind when consumers recycle our bottles,” said Stephen Moorhouse, GM at CCEP.

Aside from the new cap trial, the company has also launched several initiatives to help support a “circular economy” for plastic. Last year, it reached its target of using almost 100 per cent recycled plastic – excluding caps and labels – in all 500ml or smaller bottles sold in Great Britain, helping save nearly 29,000 tonnes of plastic per year.

“More businesses are finding innovative ways to tackle harmful plastic pollution, and Coca-Cola’s new design will make it easier for people to recycle and help reduce litter,” said Jo Churchill, Resources and Waste Minister.

The transition to attached caps is set to be completed for all plastic bottles across Coca-Cola GB’s range of brands by early 2024. 

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