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Coca-Cola plans world's largest PET recycling plant

Plans for the worlds largest plastic PET bottle recycling plant have been announced by Coca-Cola. The company said it will invest more than $60 million to build the plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA as well as supporting recycling across the country. United Resource Recovery Corporation and the Coca-Cola Company will build the 30-acre plant and aim to have it fully operational by 2009. It will produce about 100 million pounds of food grade recycled PET for reuse each year. This is equivalent to producing nearly two billion 20-ounce coke bottles. Coca-Cola North America president Sandy Douglas said: We have set an ambitious goal to recycle or reuse all the plastic bottles we use in the US market. Our investments in recycling infrastructure, coupled with our work on sustainable package design, will help us reach this target. The long-term sustainability of our business depends on our ability to ensure the sustainability of our packaging. This facility represents a significant milestone as we work to advance recycling in the US and ensure a strong end-market for our PET packaging.

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