Coca-Cola extends attached caps to 500ml bottles

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Coca-Cola Great Britain, in partnership with Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP), is extending the rollout of its attached caps to 500ml plastic bottles, as part of a packaging development across its entire portfolio, which it says will help improve recycling rates and prevent waste.

The new design enables the cap to stay connected to the bottle after opening, making it easier to recycle the entire package and ensuring no cap gets left behind. The message on the bottle cap has also been changed to “I am attached to recycle together”.

The new attached caps design will begin to appear gradually on 500ml bottles of Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, Diet Coke and Fanta Zero, before being rolled out across all Coca-Cola brands and pack sizes by the end of 2024.

Coca-Cola says all of its bottles, including the caps, have been 100% recyclable for many years but not all are being recycled due to bottle caps often being discarded and littered.

We know consumers in Great Britain want to dispose of packaging in the right way, and we want to help them do that.

The packaging development is just one of the actions Coca-Cola says it is taking towards its commitment to a World Without Waste, which will also see the company help collect and recycle a bottle or can for everyone that it sells by 2025.

Vice President and General Manager at Coca-Cola Europacific Partners in Great Britain, Stephen Moorhouse, said: “This small but significant change helps to ensure that when consumers recycle our bottles, the caps stay attached and don’t get left behind as litter.

“We know consumers in Great Britain want to dispose of packaging in the right way, and we want to help them do that. We’re pleased to share this change, and we will continue to innovate and create more sustainable ways to enjoy our products.

“We are proud to be leading the industry in Great Britain, with production of the new attached caps to our plastic bottles taking place right here in Edmonton, following £42 in investment into the site since 2017.”

Sector Specialist, WRAP, Adam Herriott, said: “It’s great to see Coca-Cola Great Britain, a UK Plastics Pact member, extend their roll out of tethered caps on their bottles to help ensure that as much plastic is captured and recycled as possible.

“The small changes are what add up to make a big difference and when it comes to recycling, the higher quality of the material the better. We look forward to seeing more innovations in this area to push the UK’s recycling rate for plastics to the 70% mark by 2025.”

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