Drinks firm Coca-Cola has denied a newspaper report that it thinks glass is more environmentally damaging than plastic.
The Sunday Telegraph reported this week that the company thought “glass soda bottles could be worse for the environment than plastic”.
It said sales of drinks in glass bottles had risen sharply after public concern grew about plastics pollution.
The company’s reported view brought an angry response from British Glass, which said glass was infinitely recyclable and did not deteriorate.
A Coca-Cola statement to MRW said: “Contrary to reports in the Sunday Telegraph last week, we have not issued a ‘warning’ about glass bottles being worse for the environment than plastic.
“We believe all packaging formats have a role to play in delivering our drinks – that includes glass, plastic and aluminium. All packaging has a potential environmental impact, so it is not as simple as saying one format is better than another for the environment, which is what we stated in our response to a media enquiry.
“It is a fact that glass is more carbon-intensive than plastic. That doesn’t mean we don’t think glass has a role to play in our packaging mix. All of our packaging can be recycled, so that is why we are focused on ensuring it is all recovered and recycled so it can be turned into new packaging.”
British Glass chief executive David Dalton said: “Wherever it comes from – a bottle of wine from Argentina or a jar of marmalade from Oxford – glass can go directly into the local recycling infrastructure. A used bottle or jam jar is always 100% recyclable.
“Recycling glass is straightforward, unlike recycling many other packaging materials. A glass bottle is remelted back into a glass bottle, and glass does not deteriorate no matter how many times it’s recycled.”