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COCA-COLA has pledged $38 mil­lion, or more than R500 mil­lion, over three years to stim­u­late re­cy­cling in­dus­tries across south­ern and eastern Africa. The move is part of the com­pany’s con­tri­bu­tion to tak­ing care of the en­vi­ron­ment, said Maser­ame Mouyeme, di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tions and sus­tain­abil­ity at Coca-Cola South­ern and East Africa. “Peo­ple mat­ter, and our planet mat­ters too. This in­vest­ment will in turn cre­ate more than 19 000 in­come op­por­tu­ni­ties, many of them for women,” Mouyeme said. “We ac­knowl­edge the harm pack­ag­ing can do, so, as part of our World With­out Waste strat­egy by 2030, for ev­ery bot­tle or can we sell glob­ally, we will take one back so that it has more than one life.” The bev­er­age com­pany also an­nounced the launch of a new 500ml Bon­aqua poly­eth­yl­ene tereph­tha­late (PET) bot­tle made en­tirely out of pre­vi­ously used plas­tic. It will be avail­able from March. As part of its World With­out Waste global vi­sion, Coca-Cola plans to make all pri­mary pack­ag­ing 100 per­cent re­cy­clable and cre­ate pack­ag­ing that is made from at least 50 per­cent re­cy­cled ma­te­rial by 2030. African News Agency (ANA)

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