Packaging is an essential aspect of the quality of our products and ensures safe delivery of our products to our customers and consumers. With our sustainable packaging efforts to conserve resources and use less energy; we not only contribute to the circular economy, but also reduce our carbon footprint.
The Coca-Cola Company launched a bold and ambitious environmental program in 2018 with the vision for A World Without Waste. The three internal pillars of the plan are Design, Collect and Partner. Goals of the project revolve around:
• Continuing to focus on making the packaging 100% recyclable
• Collecting and recycling the equivalent of the 100% of the packaging it sells by 2030
• Increasing the recycled content in the packaging
As defined in our strategy, we put several practices into action to reduce the amount of natural resources used in packaging without compromising the safety of our products. Our efforts began in 2008 when we reduced the length of the bottleneck for the lightweight PET bottle in Turkey. We have been implementing lightweight programs since 2010 in Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Kyrgyzstan operations.
In 2015, we conducted a benchmark study covering all CCI countries of operations to map the amount of resin used for all sizes of bottles and to share best practices of lightweight applications among the plants. With our lightweight practices; we save materials and also reduce GHG emissions released during production. With the help of lightweight and short neck practices; 145 tons of resin and 232 tons of glass is saved in seven countries of operation in 2019.
As a consequence of the great emphasis we place on circular economy at CCI, we focus on the entire life cycle of packaging through a renewed perspective. We spend continuous efforts to increase the amount of recycled material in our packaging.
Besides the mandatory regulations on the use of r-PET up to 6% in beverage packaging, we have been long working on the use of recycled materials without compromising the product safety and consumer health.
In 2019, we used 14,105 tons of 20% content r-PET (compared with 800 tons in 2018) in 30% of our total volume; using chemical recycling method. The target for the r-PET usage in the content is 25% for 2020. Using r-PET in secondary packaging like labels and shrink is another target we work on with our strategic partners. In the upcoming years, we plan to continue our extensive efforts to further increase the r-PET content.
With returnable bottle practices, glass bottles can be used up to eight times. With this practice, less energy is used for the bottle production and less resources are consumed.
The amount of refillable glass packaging in Turkey and Pakistan in 2019 has reached 162,895 tons. Thus, we avoided 191,239 tons of CO2e via returnable glass bottle practices, equaling to the amount that is absorbed by 15.9 million trees.*
* Calculation is made based the assumption that an average mature (15 years and older) tree absorbs 12 kg CO2 annually.
We believe every packaging has a life beyond its initial value. For this reason, CCI places high priority to recycling. Our efforts include encouraging our customers and consumers to use returnable bottles and increase our recycling rates in cooperation with our authorized business partner. To sustain a holistic approach, CCI established a cross-functional Sustainable Packaging Task Force with the aim of shaping CCI’s long-term recycling strategy and laying out the roadmap to reach a circular economy. The Sustainable Packaging Task Force conducted an analysis of the waste infrastructure, legal background, and stakeholder expectations regarding “recycling of packaging material” in our countries of operation. The details of related new regulations issued in Turkey, are given under Our Operating Environment topic.
Across CCI, we commenced stakeholder engagement efforts to create a common vision for recycling and establish recycling schemes where applicable. In Turkey, the current system is based on Extended Producer’s Responsibility. In 2019, the recycling rate of CCI in Turkey for plastics, glass, metal and aluminum-packaging waste was 54%. We achieved this rate with the help of our authorized business partner Çevko (Green Dot) Foundation. Partnering helps us improve recycling rates and achieve our collection goals. We will continue to team up with TCCC, local communities, NGOs, industry peers and consumers to help make recycling easier and more accessible for everyone by improving local recycling systems and driving policy change that supports a truly circular economy.
CCI Group Corporate Affairs Manager was a speaker at the panel on ‘Waste and Resource Management for Industrial Sustainability’ at the 3-day Zero Waste Forum with the participation of Minister of Environment and Urbanization of Turkey. CCI shared its sustainability strategy and effective resource and waste management practices we adopted to reduce our environmental footprint and create value for all our stakeholders.
At all CCI plants, we work to minimize our environmental footprint by minimizing the amount of waste that is disposed of safely and in compliance with legislation. Our main strategy is based on preventing, reducing, reusing, recycling and recovering the waste. To do so, we employ the ISO 14001 environmental management system and carry out related operations in accordance with CCI’s environmental policy, legislations and TCCC’s KORE-EOSH requirements. At our production sites, we segregate our waste as reusable, recyclable, hazardous, landfill and non-recyclable wastes.
All waste that can be reused is reused, and that which can be recycled and recovered is delivered to licensed companies in all CCI operations. Waste that cannot be recycled or recovered is sorted according to specific, legally defined categories and delivered to licensed disposal facilities or municipalities to be used as landfill or to be incinerated. According to our waste management standards, all waste disposal sites are evaluated before use, and periodically thereafter, to verify and document site acceptability.
In line with our approach to produce more while consuming less, achieving zero waste production is our ultimate goal. Since 2006, we manage to improve our performance in all countries of operation. In line with compliance with Zero Waste Regulation, Hazar, Elazığ, Ankara and Çorlu plants in CCI Turkey currently operate as “Zero Waste” facilities and the roll-out for the remaining facilities is in progress.