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Greenpeace Report Names Top Producers of Plastic Trash

Greenpeace Report Names Top Producers of Plastic Trash

Greenpeace worked with the Break Free from Plastic movement to audit 187,000 pieces of plastic trash and found Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Nestlé topped the list.

A report released on Tuesday by environmental group Greenpeace found that Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Nestlé are the world’s largest producers of plastic trash.

In its report, Greenpeace noted that the most common type of plastic found was polystyrene, which goes into packaging and foam coffee cups, followed closely by PET, used in bottles and containers.

All three beverage companies have made pledges about their packaging. Coca-Cola said all its packaging will be recyclable by 2030. Nestlé said it will aim to be 100 percent recyclable or reusable. And PepsiCo said it will be recyclable, compostable or biodegradable, and the company recently joined the NaturALL Bottle Alliance.

CNBC has more details:

Drink companies Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Nestle were found to be the world's biggest producers of plastic trash, a report by environmental group Greenpeace said on Tuesday.

Working with the Break Free From Plastic movement, Greenpeace said it orchestrated 239 plastic clean-ups in 42 countries around the world, which resulted in the audit of 187,000 pieces of plastic trash. The aim was to get a picture of how large corporations contribute to the problem of pollution.

Coca-Cola, the world's largest soft drink maker, was the top waste producer, Greenpeace said, with Coke-branded plastic trash found in 40 of the 42 countries.

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