United States – Coca-Cola is shutting down its recycling division in the USA and instead will work with outside suppliers of recyclables, according to Plastics News. ‘We are restructuring how we procure recyclable packaging and will focus on developing our sources of supply,’ confirms a company spokesman.
In the USA, the company ‘will continue to work more directly with our value chain to increase the use of recycled materials’, it has been stated. ‘As the industry is evolving, we no longer need to directly engage in the buying and selling of recyclable materials.’
Coca-Cola Recycling was developed in 2007. The soft-drink giant previously invested heavily in a PET bottle-to-bottle recycling plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, which began suffering operational problems shortly after its start-up.