Used in school districts, national parks, and throughout the state of Rhode Island, the standardized labels brought about reductions in trash hauling expenses and increased recycling rates, according to external audits. In January 2017, just under 300 million people lived in places that had deposit laws, according to a recent article in Resource Recycling magazine. Kanika Greenlee, executive director of the Keep Atlanta Beautiful Commission and the vice chair of Keep America Beautiful, which receives Coke funding, agreed that the Atlanta-based company would likely pull the funds if the group decided to support a bottle bill. But we also believe in a tri-sector approach to accomplish this, with non-profits, manufacturers and government working together. “Coca-Cola and other beverage companies fund to some extent the recycling organizations in every state and use those funds in influential ways,” she said. You’re literally losing money not buying this Mexican Coke. They will work neighborhood by neighborhood to notify people about how to avoid contaminating recyclables. But why Mexican Coke? In partnership with others, we are working to address this critical global issue, both to help turn off the tap in terms of plastic waste entering our oceans and to help clean up the existing pollution,” they added. And by 2030, the number is expected to reach at least 1 billion. This is the first time these environmental and sustainability leaders will work together with an entire industry to address this urgent issue. Maldives is not alone in moving toward this simple and effective approach to the bottles mounting around the world. Separately, we joined with sustainability groups to reduce our impacts on the environment. Who would hold party elites accountable to the values they proclaim to have? The Maldives has announced its intention to phase out single-use plastic as a nation by 2023. Coca-Cola’s claim that their customers can’t part with plastic bottles shows how out of touch the company is with environmental issues, according to a statement by Greenpeace USA plastics campaigner Kate Melges. In the past two years, there has been an international resurgence of enthusiasm for bottle bills. I live in south america, here is cheaper to purchase a Coca Cola in a glass bottle than in a plastic one. However, many coke bottles are not returnable and many people do not bother to recycle them because the corrupt government do not invest on education nor recyclable programs. This is a waste of much-needed recyclable material that was designed to be repurposed.