Soft drinks company accused of ‘refusing to take responsibility for its role in the plastic pollution crisis’

Coca-Cola produced a billion more plastic bottles last year compared to the previous 12 months, according to new analysis.

The company does not publish data on the production of its bottles, but a study by Greenpeace found the amount of plastic being used by the soft drinks company has increased.

The environmental campaign group said Coca-Cola is now producing more than 110 billion plastic bottles each year.

Coca-Cola confirmed there has been an increase in the proportion of its packaging that is plastic bottles. The company says all of its bottles sold in the UK are completely recyclable.

Environmental campaigners, however, point out that only a tiny fraction of plastic bottles are actually recycled. In the UK, 43 per cent of bottles are reused – a figure likely to be much lower in less developed countries.

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