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Uganda, 5TH June 2018 – To mark World Environment Day today, The
Coca-Cola Company and its bottling partner Coca-Cola Beverages Africa
– Uganda, reaffirm its commitment to help create a world without

World Environment Day was founded by the United Nations Environment to
promote worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our
environment. This year, the UN is calling on people across the globe
to help “Beat Plastic Pollution.”

In January 2018, the Company launched a global goal to fundamentally
reshape its approach to packaging through its World Without Waste
initiative. This initiative aims to collect and recycle the equivalent
of 100% of its packaging by 2030.

“We recognize there is a waste problem in Uganda. So two years ago in
2016, we set up a subsidiary of Rwenzori Bottling Company called
Plastic Recycling Industries (PRI). PRI is now the largest plastic
recycling business in Uganda, collecting about 14 tons of plastic
daily, and ridding the environment of close to 400 tons of plastic per
month. PRI employs 1,500 Ugandans and empowers plastic collectors to
earn a living, 80% of whom were previously unemployed women,” explains
Conrad van Niekerk, Managing Director of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa

Across the continent the Company’s packaging focus on design, collect
and partner is making strides. In South Africa for example, the bottle
water brand Bonaqua is packaged in an eco-twist bottle, which uses
intelligent design to enable the bottle to be easily compressed and
take up less space in the recycling bin. And in Kenya, the Company has
partnered with like-minded industries to launch the PET Recycling
Company (PETCO) today, to promote and regulate the recycling of PET
material after their initial use.

“We will be learning from brilliant examples across the continent to
invest in a waste-free Uganda, said Maserame Mouyeme, Public Affairs,
Communications and Sustainability Director for Coca-Cola Southern &
East Africa. “Our planet should not be harmed by bottles and cans and
as Coca-Cola we must take the lead. Consumers around the world,
including Uganda, care about our planet and they expect companies to
take appropriate action. This is the critical journey that we invite
others to join us.”

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