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Swire Coca-Cola Hong Kong and Coca-Cola China in Hong Kong have pledged strong support for a cross-sector working group's proposals to keep single-use beverage packaging out of Hong Kong's landfills. Swire Beverages, John Swire & Sons (HK), and Swire Waste Management are founder members of the Single-Use Beverage Packaging Working Group, a broad coalition of drink producers, bottlers, retailers, recyclers and NGOs that launched the Drink Without Waste initiative in December 2017 and has now pledged to work towards 70%-90% recovery rates for PET containers and liquid cartons by 2025.

The group is making four major recommendations to industry stakeholders, consumers and the Hong Kong SAR government: to reduce single-use beverage packaging and increase use of refillable containers, to regulate packaging standards, to recover used packaging by means of cash-on-return initiatives, and to recycle.

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Announcing Drink Without Waste’s latest strategy to reduce waste-to-landfill are (left to right): Herbert Yung, Director, Risk Advisory, Deloitte Advisory (Hong Kong), Edwin Lau Che-feng, Founder and Executive Director of The Green Earth Hong Kong, Paul Zimmerman, Chairman of the Single-Use Beverage Packing Working Group, and Neil Waters, Executive Director, Hong Kong & Taiwan of Swire Beverages and President of the Hong Kong Beverage Association.


Swire Coca-Cola Hong Kong and Coca-Cola China in Hong Kong have both committed to a range of initiatives, including the introduction of more recyclable, reusable and returnable packaging. Within this year, 300 Bonaqua mineralised water refilling stations will be rolled out across Hong Kong and conversion of the locally produced Bonaqua range to 100% recycled PET bottles will be completed. Neil Waters, Swire Beverages’ Executive Director, Hong Kong & Taiwan, said he believes a sustainable waste management regime also needs strong public support, effective collection mechanisms and adequate recycling facilities: "This is where the working group can help, bringing all relevant partners together and proposing practical solutions under its core concepts of shared responsibility and an effective closed loop for resource recycling."
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