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Volunteers including representatives from Marine Environmental Protection Authority (MEPA) and Coca-Cola Beverages Sri Lanka Ltd (CCBSL). Pictured from MEPA are Chairman, Rear Admiral (Retd) Rohana Perera, General Manager, Commander (N) Buddhika Jayaweera; and Deputy General Manager, Dr. P B Terny Pradeep Kumara. From the Country Leadership Team of CCBSL; Managing Director, Mr. Mayank Arora; Country Human Resources Manager Mr. Priyantha Ranasinghe; and Public Affairs & Communication Manager, Mr. Lakshan Madurasinghe.

The National Coastal and Marine Resources Conservation Week was recently commemorated and the opening ceremony was launched at Crow Island Beach Park, Matakkulliya. It was the launch of 14 district programmes with 72 locations along the coastal districts of Sri Lanka in efforts to clean-up and preserve our beautiful island’s coastline. A tremendous hands-on initiative which witnessed the participation of Government agencies led by the Marine Environmental Protection Authority (Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment) NGOs, school children and the coastal community.

As part of our global commitment to prevent waste over the life cycle of our packaging, Coca-Cola’s bottled water, fruit juices and carbonated soft drinks are packaged in 100% recyclable PET plastic bottles.  While we support and encourage responsible waste handling practices we also realize that some of our packaging finds its way into our natural environment.  To help address this problem as we seek a more comprehensive solution, Coca-Cola Beverages Sri Lanka Ltd. as part of its extended producer responsibility, recently supported and sponsored the International Coastal Clean-up and joined hands to “Give Back Life” to collect marine debris along our beaches Throughout the National Marine Resources Week, all PET bottles collected by the volunteers would be collected and recycled through its partnership with Beira Enviro Solutions Ltd (part of BPPL Holdings). The PET will then be upcycled into janitorial products for household and commercial use, thus utilising the maximum value of PET.

Country Leadership Team of Coca-Cola Beverages Sri Lanka Ltd. picking up discarded PET bottles 

Associates and members of the Country Leadership Team from Coca-Cola joined hands alongside the participating government agencies, NGOs, schoolchildren and coastal community members, on the day of the International Coastal Clean-Up to collect the washed-up PET bottles in their efforts to maintain and preserve our beautiful island coastline. The International Coastal Clean-up drives awareness of conservation and protection of the marine environment and has been an important annual event to propagate this message to wider Sri Lanka. Each of the coastal district programmes consisted of an inaugural session, coastal clean-up and survey on marine debris collected at the sites respectively.

Rear Admiral (Retd) Rohana Perera, Chairman of Marine Environmental Protection Authority said, “It was a proud occasion that we partnered with Coca-Cola on protecting and conserving a national priority such as our coastal and marine resources. It was a vital point of action to work hand-in-hand with Coca-Cola on the ground to remove waste which has littered our coastal environments through 14 coastal district programmes. Our coastal and marine resources is a national priority not only for the holistic environmental wellbeing of our coastal and marine ecosystems but due to Sri Lanka’s dependence on economic development in terms of tourism and fisheries. The International Coastal Clean-Up is commemorated globally and in Sri Lanka we further highlight the significance through the extended, annual National Coastal and Marine Resources Week.” 

Country Leadership Team and associates of Coca-Cola Beverages Sri Lanka Ltd. working together in picking up discarded PET bottles
 
Mr. Mayank Arora, Managing Director of Coca-Cola Beverages Sri Lanka Ltd said, “We are working to do our part to prevent waste over the life cycle of our packaging.  It is imperative to be hands-on in executing the best practice of responsibly disposing waste and ensuring PET bottles are recycled, considering they are 100% recyclable. In this manner, we can drive Sri Lanka towards a circular economy but we can only do this together.  We are thankful to all the participating organisations and their volunteers who dedicated their time to drive this important message. Giving Back Life to 1,200 Kilogrammes (1.2MT) of PET bottles, approximately 35,000 PET bottles will be successfully utilised and would have translated to the reduction in usage of one barrel of crude oil, 9 KWH electric energy, 0.24m3 land filling and the lowering of CO2 emissions by 3.3 fraction compared to virgin plastic.”

Associates from Coca-Cola Beverages Sri Lanka Ltd. with bags of collected PET bottles

Country Leadership Team and associates of Coca-Cola Beverages Sri Lanka Ltd. working together in picking up discarded PET bottles

 

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