Coca-Cola Enterprises nears zero waste manufacture

Coca-Cola Enterprises is on the verge of achieving zero waste across all of its European manufacturing facilities, according to its latest sustainability report.

The Coca-Cola bottler and distributor is now operating with a 99.5% recovery rate for waste generated in all of its 17 sites. It has also reduced the amount of packaging it uses by 35,000 tonnes, meeting a key target it set in 2008.

The report is Coca-Cola Enterprises’ (CCE) first as a European company and provides a detailed overview of its progress towards Commitment 2020, which details a number of CSR targets and goals.

Earlier this year, CCE entered into a joint venture with Eco Plastics to develop a purpose-built plastic bottle recycling facility in Lincolnshire in a pioneering ‘industry first’ for the recycling sector.

Other achievements include reducing overall carbon footprint by 35,600 tonnes (4%) from 2009, while growing business volume by 4%. Its water use ratio has also fallen to 1.42 litres of water per litre of product, down 6% from 1.51 litres in 2009.

The report also sets out how CCE is engaging with its stakeholders across Europe. The company recently held its second supplier sustainability summit, bringing together its top 50 suppliers to discuss how best to reduce impacts throughout the supply chain.

Maxine Perella

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