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Environment

As a leading manufacturer across the Asia Pacific region, we recognise we have a responsibility to help keep our environment clean and we take this responsibility seriously.

We are committed to working collaboratively with industry, government and environmental groups to help reduce litter and increase recycling outcomes across in each of the countries in which we operate.

We operate responsibly in all we do to minimise our impact on the environment, ensuring we deliver a positive lasting legacy. This includes minimising our impact on climate change through a focus on energy reduction, leading in packaging innovation and recycling and being an efficient water user and best in class water manager. This has been a strong and consistent focus for our business for many years.

Many of our manufacturing plants have implemented new technologies and initiatives to help reduce our environmental impact through the supply chain and across the total package lifecycle.

In Australia, this has included:

  • Continual light-weighting of all PET packages since 1997, including a 33% reduction in small PET, 37% reduction in Powerade PET and 42% reduction in 600mL water PET
  • Being named leading global Coca-Cola bottler for several PET packaging reduction initiatives and most advanced in efficient pack design
  • Increasing use of recycled content in PET packages; the majority contain up to 50% recycled content
  • Investment in state-of-the-art blow-fill technology since 2010 to self-manufacture bottles at all major Australian manufacturing facilities. This has resulted in an annual reduction of 9000T of resin and eliminated truck movements of empty bottles
  • Investment in new hot-fill blow-fill technology across the country, reducing PET consumption and removing the need for the foil induction seal (counter to current trends in dairy)
  • Rollout of a light-weight aluminium can, contributing an annual reduction of 350T of aluminium
  • Manufacturing best-in-class light-weight closures (bottle caps) in-house since 2013 for the majority of water, carbonated soft drinks and hot-fill portfolio. The hot-fill closure alone contributes an annual reduction of 15T of HDPE
  • Optimising packs by replacing corrugate cardboard with a lighter weight and thinner corrugate board or removing it altogether. The result is an annual reduction of 1050T of cardboard which equates to less raw materials delivered on a pallet and reduced truck movements
  • Trialling and implementing light-weight label packaging, which is contributing to an annual reduction of 80T of PET. Ongoing research continues into its elimination as a packaging material altogether
  • Regular reviews of alternative packaging with our suppliers to assess suitability for current manufacturing and recycling infrastructure

Waste Recovery and Recycling

Our consistent, ongoing focus is to invest and innovate to both minimise and remove materials used in our packaging; and to drive recycling and reuse of our packaging after the product is consumed.

CCA has a dedicated packaging team delivering on this commitment. All our packaging is, and has been, evaluated for sustainability and compatibility with recycling facilities across all aspects of its design and function.

The Australian beverage industry has almost 40 years’ experience operating the well-known container deposit scheme (CDS) in South Australia via Statewide Recycling and Marine Stores with experienced CDS industry operators also involved in the relatively new Northern Territory CDS. 

In Australia, NSW and Queensland Governments are proposing to introduce a CDS, and the Australian beverage industry is applying its experience and expertise in CDS operations to ensure any new container deposit scheme is operated effectively, and efficiently, with minimal impacts to consumers and manufacturers.

Statewide Recycling

The Australian beverage industry has almost 40 years’ experience operating the well-known container deposit scheme in South Australia.

Learn more here