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Restoring the oceans one bottle at a time

Soft drinks producer Coca Cola plans to build a plastic bottle recycling facility in Indonesia. It could be a milestone for sustainability in the country as it has a reputation for being one of the world’s worst plastic polluters.

Coca Cola has signed a deal with plastic packaging company Dynapack Asia for a feasibility study on developing the facility, the Jakarta Post reports. The soft drinks manufacturer has also pledged to cut its Indonesia-based consumption of new plastic resin by 25 000 tonnes a year by 2022 by using more recycled plastic. This is no small change as Coca Cola products are known to be one of the main sources of marine litter.

‘It is a significant step toward becoming self-sustaining in the plastic materials we use, ensuring a closed loop for plastic beverage packaging in Indonesia as a whole,’ says Kadir Gunduz, president director of Coca Cola Amatil Indonesia.

In support of a circular economy, Dynapack aims to include at least 25% recycled plastic in its production from 2025. Company president Tirtadjaja Hambali says the goal is part of its commitment to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

These developments follow various studies detailing the scale of the plastic pollution problem in Southeast Asia. Indonesia ranks second in the global list of ocean plastic hotspots. That’s why the country has outlined an ambitious objective to cut plastic waste by 70% by 2025 as its contribution to the global National Plastic Action Partnership.

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