The Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) Limited, a leading player in promoting sustainable packaging by light –weighting and recycling beverage containers within the beverage industry has once again demonstrated its commitment to conducting its business activities responsibly with due regard to environmental impact and sustainable performance. As part of its Extended Producers Responsibility initiative, NBC has recently donated a bailer, (a machine used to compress Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) bottles, cans, etc.) to Wecyclers Nigeria Limited, a beverage packaging waste collector to support the organisation’s expansion of its current waste collection capacity, leading to by packaging recycling.
Over the years, Nigerian Bottling Company Limited has implemented laudable programmes on energy efficiency, water conservation and promoting sustainable packaging focusing on the reduction of carbon footprint by engaging with business partners to actively explore solutions to a “green” culture that supports sustainability.
Speaking at the official handover ceremony which took place at the Lagos State Waste Management Agency (LAWMA) waste collection hub in Surulere, Mr. Uzo Odenigbo, Head, Public Affairs and Communications, stated that NBC’s sponsorship and active participation in recycling activities is borne out of the company’s commitment to demonstrate its Expanded Producer Responsibility (EPR), and noted that the partnership with Wecyclers, other beverage packaging waste collectors and recyclers in the industry would continue to grow as the company is further committed to expand the scale and scope of the recovery and buyback scheme according to the Coca-Cola System’s compliance plan on EPR.
Mrs. Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola, CEO Wecyclers, expressed her gratitude to the management of NBC Ltd for their continuous support to its commitment to recycling initiative. She stated that after NBC’s previous donation of eight Wecycles, a fleet of low-cost cargo bicycles in December 2013 which aided in scaling the company’s collection and recovery of Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) bottles waste among densely populated, low-income households in Lagos State; the donation of the bailer has come as a great relief as it would facilitate more collection and ease the difficulty in the transfer of collected PET bottles to the recycling plant.
Since inception, NBC has initiated a Recovery and Reuse initiative with the returnable glass bottles of which 100% of the glass bottles are reused. Also, in 2008, the company introduced the Ultra glass, a unique, light weight and eco-friendly type of glass bottle which requires about 16% less raw materials and energy to produce.
The cornerstone of the company’s carbon reduction strategy is a commitment to build multiple combined heat and power (CHP) units in its operations as evidenced by the installation of CHP units in 3 of its production facilities. By installing a CHP unit, each bottling plant improves its carbon emissions by 40%. The CHP system captures heat from the electricity generators, and uses it to cover the plant requirements for hot water, steam and chilled water (production processes, heating, cooling and cleaning).
NBC, a member of Coca-Cola HBC A.G., was incorporated in November 1951 and is the anchor bottler and distributor of all Coca-Cola beverage brands in Nigeria. The company’s unflinching commitment to product quality, manufacturing expertise, efficient production, employee development and environmental stewardship, especially in the areas of ratio water use, energy efficiency and packaging, has positioned NBC as a leading player in environment and sustainability practices.