Ever wondered how the beverage in your hand always tastes consistent and amazing, no matter which part of the country you buy it?
Here is how a bottle of beverage reaches you.
Glass Bottles– Glass bottles com to our factories from approved suppliers. Before reaching our plants, they undergo various steps, such as raw material mixing, melting, blowing, annealing and finally packing.
After this complex and elaborate procedure, the bottles undergo further visual inspection by sophisticated, high-resolution camera equipment, as well as trained specialists before being packed and sent to ourfilling plants for repeated filling cycles.
The Cleaning and Refilling Process
After enjoying your refreshing beverage, the empty recyclable glass bottles (RGBs) you leave at the shop are collected and brought back to our factories and undergo robust cleaning processes. The bottles are fed into bottle washers, where they undergo multiple levels of cleaning with water, hot caustic solution hot water and again rinsed with fresh, treated water.
After washing, the bottles are inspected through electronic bottle inspector technology to remove those which are damaged or contain foreign matter. After inspection, the selected bottles are fed to the filler and crowner.
The bottles are then checked through filled bottle inspection system for right crowning, fill level, date coding and more. Finally, the bottles are packed into creates and reach you once again!
PET Bottles – PET Bottlesare the preferred packaging for many products because it’s one of the most convenient, safe, sturdy and cost effective packages known to mankind, and can be easily moulded into all kinds of shapes.
Unlike other plastics, the PET container is predominantly made of virgin PET resin. It is not used in multilayer with other plastics and is also not printed directly onto the container.
PET is 100 per cent recyclable, and recycled PET (rPET) finds huge demand as fibre in industries, such as textile and luggage and other industries. This simple container structure and ready demand for rPET makes PET the most recycle-friendly of all plastics.
Used PET bottles are highly sought after items by waste collectors, who sell the bottles to Kabadiwallahs or waste traders, who employ people to segregate, sort and further sell it to large vendors or recyclers. The caps, neck rings, labels (non-PET components) are removed, and the bottles are shredded, washed, and sold as what is called ‘washed flakes.’
These washed flakes are then used to make (predominantly) polyester fibre, which is used as filling material for cushions, pillows, and converted to fabrics for use in clothing, upholstery and more. The market for recycled PET products is quite large. There are 40+ large manufacturers, spread over 46 locations across India who use recycled PET as raw material.
This entire operation, at each stage-collection, sorting, processing, recycling and manufacturing is profitable, and is what incentivises the system to function smoothly and seamlessly, operating this waste-to-wealth ecosystem.
Coca-Cola believes in the responsible consumption of resources and giving back to the environment more than we have taken from it. And that’s the reason it tries and recycles every resource to the largest extent possible, while adhering to the safety standards.