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Coca-Cola Co.

Coca-Cola sells over 25 million plastic soda bottles (coded #1 PET, or polyethylene terephthalate) in the U.S. Every year, more 10 billion plastic Coke bottles containing over 900 million pounds of plastic are discarded.

As You Sow has been in dialogue with Coke for several years to get them to incorporate recycled content in plastic bottles and to set high container recovery goals.

As You Sow and our Walden Asset Management joined in dialogue and filed shareholder proposals asking the company to use high levels recycled content in plastic bottles and to set a national container recovery goal in the range of 60-80%.

As a result of the resolution and our dialogues, Coke began to incorporate recycled content in plastic beverage containers in their North America and U.S. operations respectively. By the end of 2005, the company has fulfiled their commitment to 10% recycled PET.

Coke received a grade of “C” in As You Sow’s container recycling scorecard and report issued in 2006 and a "B-" in our 2011 scorecard.

>>Click here to learn about our current work on beverage container recycling

 

 



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