Coca-Cola Beverages Africa inks MOU with plastic waste management companies to boost environmental sustainability

Mr Kirunda Magoola, Public Affairs & Communication Director at CCBA hands over the MOU to Mr Rogers Kibule, Marketing Manager, Yo-Waste Limited at Plastic Recycling Industries. (Image: Courtesy)

As part of its commitment to improving plastic waste management in the country, Plastic Recycling Industries Uganda Limited (PRI) an initiative of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) in Uganda has signed a partnership deal with three community-based plastic collection, management, and recycling companies namely Yo-Waste, Ecoplastile and Asante Waste Management.

The newly signed partnership will see the three companies collaborate with CCBA to set up more collection centres in the community and supply PRI with plastic collected.

Yo-Waste Limited is a tech company that helps connect businesses and retail customers at home to reliable garbage collection and recyclers.

The company was incorporated as a startup by five Makerere university Computer science undergrad students in 2019 to implement their research projects in the community.

According to Mr Kirunda Magoola, Public Affairs & Communication Director at CCBA, under the ‘World without Waste’ campaign, Uganda has continued to register commendable progress collecting at least 78% of the plastic produced.

“Sustainability and promoting inclusivity are at the core of what we do. We are inspired daily by our purpose ‘Refresh the world. Make a difference,’ by doing business in a sustainable way thereby building a circular economy. We take responsibility as members of the community and seek to work with our people; employees, partners, suppliers, and the community to find solutions that benefit all while refreshing our community. We value inclusivity and are happy to note that many women and youth are benefiting from the plastic recycling chain from the grassroots,” he concluded.

In 2021, Coca-Cola Beverages Africa made progress in its waste collection and recycling efforts achieving a 58% recycling rate for FY2021 despite the COVID-19 imposed challenges.

The recyclability of the packaging is at more than 95%, tracking ahead of the global target of 100% by 2025 under the campaign ‘World without Waste’.

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