In celebration of World Oceans Day on Saturday, 8 June 2019, Coca-Cola’s largest local bottler, Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) will be joining Sustainable Seas Trust (SST) and Wildlife and Environment Society South Africa (WESSA), as well as other partners, for a beach clean-up.
“Food and beverage packaging is an important part of our modern lives, yet the world has a packaging problem, which we as CCBSA, together with The Coca-Cola Company, have a responsibility to help solve. Clearly, plastics are a significant global challenge. While we use many types of packaging – including glass bottles, aluminium cans, and paper cups – our main focus will be addressing plastic,” says Nolundi Mzimba – CCBSA Regional Public Affairs and Communications Manager.
The Coca-Cola Company and its bottlers are leading the industry with a bold, ambitious goal: to help collect and recycle a bottle or can for every one they sell by 2030. One of the ways in which they wish to achieve this is by partnering with communities and industry to clean up existing packaging.
This will be CCBSA’s third clean-up for the year with WESSA, as the company committed to mobilising their employees to join their monthly clean-ups for 2019 earlier this year. This month’s clean-up is especially important as it falls on World Ocean’s Day which is a significant day in the environmental calendar. The clean-up will take place at Pollok Beach from 09h00 to 10h00.
“The ongoing beach clean-up partnership between WESSA Algoa Bay Branch and Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa has this year been in our view a powerful demonstration of what can be achieved when we work together as a collective. The level of personal commitment from the management and staff of CCBSA is a great encouragement to WESSA, and a clear indication of their own intent to address their role in solving the plastics crisis,” says Gary Koekemoer, Chairman of WESSA Algoa Bay Branch.
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