Packaging is an essential aspect of the quality of our products and ensures safe delivery of our products to our customers and consumers. We are determined to pack our products in the most sustainable way possible. With our sustainable packaging efforts to conserve resources and use less energy, we not only contribute to the circular economy, but also reduce our carbon footprint.
Our Sustainable Packaging Strategy
Using less resource for packaging is one of the key elements of our strategy and design lies beneath that goal. We continuously work to develop lighter packaging by using less material and conduct lightweight projects on both glass and resin side. Additionally, we focus our efforts on reusing our glass bottles, collecting back the packaging we put on the market and increasing the recycled content in our packaging.
Our Sustainable Packaging Strategy
As defined in our strategy, we put several practices into action to reduce the amount of natural resources used in packaging while paying close attention to not compromising the safety of our products. Our efforts began in 2008 when we reduced the length of the bottleneck for the lightweight PET bottle. In 2015, we conducted a benchmark study covering all CCI countries of operations to map the amount of resin used for all sizes of bottles and to share best practices of lightweight applications among the plants.
Reduction by Lightweight Implementations in Turkey
2,5 LT Fanta
2,5 LT Coca-Cola
1 LT Coca-Cola & Fanta
1,5 LT Coca-Cola & Fanta
With our lightweight practices; we not only save materials, but also reduce GHG emissions released during production. We are implementing lightweight programs since 2010 in CCI Turkey Operations, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Kyrgyzstan operations.
With the help of lightweight and shortneck practices; 1,111 tons of resin and 2,532 tons of glass is saved in six countries of operation in 2018.
Developed by TCCC, PlantBottle packaging replaces the traditional fossil-based ingredients used to make PET plastic with renewable substitutes made from plants. PlantBottle packaging uses materials that are up to 30% plant-based.
After obtaining legal permits in 2014, we started production with PlantBottle. In six countries of CCI operations, PlantBottle resin makes up 24% of our total resin used in production in 2018. Detailed information about PlantBottle can be found at
r-PET (Recycled PET)
A great emphasis is placed on circular economy at CCI. We focus on the entire packaging life cycle through a renewed perspective. We spend continuous effort to increase the amount of recycled material in our packaging.
CCI determines its sustainable packaging goals taking into account the packaging materials and the recycling related regulations in the countries of operation.
Besides the mandatory regulations on the use of recycled PET up to 4% in beverage packaging, we have been long working on the use of recycled materials while ensuring not to compromise on product safety and consumer health.
In the upcoming years, we plan to continue our extensive efforts to further increase the r-PET content, going beyond the mandatory requirements.
Returnable Glass Bottle Use in Turkey
With returnable bottle practices, glass bottles can be used up to eight times. With this practice, not only less energy is used for the bottle production, but also lesser of the resources are consumed. In 2018, 115,355 tons of CO2e was avoided via returnable glass bottle practices. It equals to the amount absorbed by 9.6 million trees.
Recycling is the process of collecting materials that would otherwise be thrown away and converting them into new products.
Post-Consumer Packaging Waste Recycling
We believe, every packaging has a life beyond its initial value. For this reason, CCI places a high priority to recycling. Our efforts include encouraging our customers and consumers to use returnable bottles and increase our recycling rates in cooperation with our authorized business partner.
To sustain a holistic approach, CCI established a cross-functional Sustainable Packaging Task Force with the aim of shaping CCI’s long-term recycling strategy and laying out the roadmap to reach a circular economy.
The Recycling Task Force conducted an analysis of the waste infrastructure, legal background, and stakeholder expectations regarding “recycling of packaging material” in our countries of operation. In Kazakhstan, one of CCI’s priority countries to establish a recycling scheme, we commenced stakeholder engagement efforts to create a common vision for recycling in the country.
In Turkey, the current system is based on the concept of extended producer’s liability. In 2018, the recycling rate of CCI in Turkey for plastics, glass, metal and aluminum-packaging waste was 56% . We achieved this rate with the help of our authorized business partner, Çevko (Green Dot) Foundation.
Post-consumer packaging recycling rate by years in Turkey
Partnering helps us improve recycling rates and achieve our collection goals.
We will continue to team up with TCCC, local communities, NGOs, industry peers and consumers to help make recycling easier and more accessible for everyone by improving local recycling systems and driving policy change that supports a truly circular economy.
Zero Waste to Landfill
We work to minimize our environmental footprint by minimizing the amount of waste that is disposed of safely and in compliance with legislation. Our main strategy is based on preventing, reducing, reusing, recycling and recovering the waste. To do so, we employ the ISO 14001 environmental management system and carry out related operations in accordance with CCI’s environmental policy, legislations and TCCC’s KORE- EOSH requirements.
At our production sites, we segregate our waste as reusable, recyclable, hazardous, landfill and non-recyclable wastes.
All waste that can be reused is reused, and that which can be recycled and recovered is delivered to licensed companies in all CCI operations. Waste that cannot be recycled or recovered is sorted according to specific, legally defined categories and delivered to licensed disposal facilities or municipalities to be used as landfill or to be incinerated. According to our waste management standards, all waste disposal sites are evaluated before use, and periodically thereafter, to verify and document site acceptability.
In line with our approach to produce more while consuming less, achieving zero waste production is our ultimate goal. We investigate alternative methods and strive to reuse,recycle and recover 100% of total waste generated from our operations. Since 2006, we managed to improve our performance in all countries of operation. Hazar, Elazığ, Ankara and Çorlu plants in CCI Turkey currently operate as “Zero Waste” facilities and the roll-out for the remaining facilities is in progress. Detailed information can be found in the Performance Indicators section.
Improvements in Total Waste Recycling Rate between 2006 and 2018
* Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan data were included in the sustainability report in 2015 and 2016 respectively
Content & Design Consultancy: ESG Turkey™ Consultancy
SUSTAINABILITY REPORT 2018
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