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Coca-Cola, Shell boost recycling

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COCA-COLA Beverages, Philippines Inc. (CCBPI) and Shell Pilipinas Corp. have expanded the number of collection points of their plastic bottle recycling initiative, assigning more gas stations for the project in Manila and Davao.

In a statement on Wednesday, CCBPI said the “Tapon to Ipon: Basta Klaro, Panalo” program collects clear polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles of any brand for recycling at designated collection locations.

The participating Shell Select stores have recycling bins as well as information, education, and communication materials, which seek to boost awareness on the recyclability of clear PET bottles and to urge the active participation of the community and Shell customers.

“The expansion of this sustainability initiative with Shell is another milestone in our unified goal towards creating more accessible collection and recycling infrastructure in the country,” CCBPI National Key Accounts Senior Manager Michael Joseph Bayani said.

“Since we started launching our collection hubs in Shell Select outlets in 2021, we have been continuously working on fulfilling our shared responsibility toward a World Without Waste. We are truly grateful for Shell’s invaluable support, and we are excited to continue driving even greater impact together,” he added.

The Tapon to Ipon initiative has been partnering with key customers, traditional trade outlets, and private and government stakeholders to create collection hubs for recyclable PET plastic bottles.

The initiative also serves a crucial role in the collection of clear PET plastic bottles for recycling at PETValue Philippines, a joint venture between Coca-Cola and Indorama Ventures, a leading sustainable chemical company. The joint venture operates as the first bottle-to-bottle recycling facility in the Philippines. — Revin Mikhael D. Ochave

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