Coca-Cola Beverages Florida has announced that its Broward manufacturing facility has obtained GreenCircle’s Zero Waste to Landfill certification.
Coke Florida is the local Florida bottler with exclusive sales and distribution in 47 counties across the state. It operates manufacturing facilities in Tampa, Orlando, Broward and Jacksonville. The Broward certification moves the company to having 75 percent of its manufacturing facilities holding a GreenCircle certification.
The Tampa manufacturing facility was the first location certified in 2019, followed by the Orlando manufacturing facility in 2021.
Coke Florida has reinforced its efforts to reduce, reuse, recover and renew by making its packaging more sustainable, working to minimize water use and reduce its carbon footprint.
“Coke Florida’s commitment to reducing waste is not new,” said Erin Black, VP of sustainability, risk management and facilities, Coke Florida. “In fact, the large majority of the waste produced at Broward was already being recycled. GreenCircle’s comprehensive evaluation process provides transparency that validates our commitment to a World Without Waste.”
GreenCircle Certified was established to ensure specificity in third-party certification after encountering many unsubstantiated claims in the marketplace. GreenCircle’s evaluation process provides independent verification that claims of sustainable aspects of products and operations are valid.
“We have been certifying Coke Florida since 2019 and we commend their ongoing commitment to transparency and continuous improvement,” said Michelle Bonanno, director of operations at GreenCircle. “Coke Florida’s Broward Manufacturing facility is one of three Coke Florida facilities that have achieved this milestone, in just three years, making them a leader in their industry.”
GreenCircle’s Zero Waste to Landfill certification evaluates all waste leaving the site, which includes packaging and manufacturing waste generated before a product reaches shelves. Coke Florida has also been committed to reducing pre-consumer waste. This waste stream can make a much greater impact, in both volumes and varieties, than most consumers realize.
Coke Florida is the third largest privately held and the sixth largest Coca-Cola bottler in the U.S. The company is a Minority Business Enterprise certified company, the largest Black-owned business in Florida and one of the largest Black-owned businesses in the U.S. In 2022, Coke Florida was named a U.S. Best Managed Company by Deloitte-Private and The Wall Street Journal joining an elite group of private companies holding this designation.
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