Coca-Cola Promises Huge Recycling Plant – But Is it the Real Deal?

by Dawn Quirk

On September 5th, Coca-Cola announced they are investing more than $60 million to build the world’s largest plastic-bottle-to-bottle recycling plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The plant is set to be fully operational by 2009. Coca-Cola, which currently reuses about 10% of its plastic, pledges to reuse or recycle 100% its U.S. plastic bottles. The President of Coca-Cola North America relayed the company’s calculations that, within the next decade, the plant’s operations would keep 1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere. Maybe with this new leaf turned, Coca-Cola really will buy the world a coke.