plastic bottles

Mission Pacific Programme to encourage Samoa’s recycling efforts

The programme was launched by Samoa Breweries on Tuesday.

It aims to encourage the public to recycle plastic bottles.

The Mission Pacific Programme will be offering recycling customers $1.00 per kilo for brands sold by Samoa Breweries such as Coca-Cola, Sprite, Fanta, FruBu, Keri, Schweppes and Powerade.

However, public will need to ensure the bottles are clean with plastic lids and the surrounds removed before the bottles are weighed.

People still want plastic bottles, says Coca-Cola

Customers like them because they reseal and are lightweight, said Bea Perez.

The firm, which is one of the world's biggest plastic waste polluters, has pledged to recycle as many plastic bottles as it uses by 2030.

But environmental campaigners argue many Coke bottles would still go uncollected and end up in landfill.

The drinks giant produces about three million tonnes of plastic packaging a year - equivalent to 200,000 bottles a minute.