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Coca-Cola’s $11M Global Plastics Cleanup Program Is Lambasted By Greenpeace

January 16, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Coca-Cola Co., stung by criticism that it is a major global polluter, reportedly has pledged $11 million dollars over three years to help clean up nine rivers across Asia, Africa, North America, and South America. Each clean-up project will use data from the captured waste in the rivers to change human behavior and create a less polluted world. According to the company, programs in Panama, Vietnam, India, Indonesia, Ecuador, Mexico, Thailand, Jamaica, and Kenya are being funded. Longtime environmental critic Greenpeace USA issued a statement saying the initiative was “foolish.”  "Coca-Cola … wants people to believe it can capture this waste before it enters our oceans. This is as foolish as it sounds.” The company has spent millions of dollars, Greenpeace said, promoting the “false notion” that recycling and cleanup of plastic pollution solves the problem. “That is a lie.” The organization said the solution to the problem is to phase out single-use plastics and move toward reuse systems.[Image Credit: © The Coca-Cola Company]
"Choose France Summit: The Coca-Cola system announces a billion euros of investments over the next five years in support of sustainable development in France ", Coca-Cola , January 16, 2020, © The Coca-cola Company
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