Foundation stone laid for $60 million recycling plant

Mexico City, Jan 25 (EFE) .- With an investment of more than 60 million dollars, the New Ecology Plant in Tabasco began this Tuesday to start up with the laying of the first stone in a project that will allow the production of up to 35,000 tons of food grade recycled material, ready to be reused. The new plant, known as PLANETA, will be built in the municipality of Cunduacán (state of Tabasco, southeast) in a joint project between ALPLA, a world leader in the development and manufacture of plastic packaging solutions, and Coca-Cola FEMSA, the largest bottler in the Coca-Cola system by volume worldwide. The ceremony of laying the first stone was led by Guillermo Arturo del Rivero León, Secretary of Government of Tabasco -representing Governor Carlos Manuel Merino Campos- and was attended by Carlos Torres Ballesteros, General Director of ALPLA for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. Also in attendance were John Santa Maria, General Director of Coca-Cola FEMSA, Abraham Cano, Mayor of Cunduacán and José Friedrich García Mallitz, Secretary for Development and Competitiveness of Tabasco, among other authorities and managers, according to a statement released this Tuesday. The construction and operation of the PLANETA Recycling Plant is expected to generate more than 20,000 direct and indirect jobs. Given its strategic location, in the region with the greatest potential for recycling solid waste, “the plant will become an important point of development since it will integrate 18 collection centers in the entities of the South-Southeast of Mexico, which in addition to provide an environmental service, will strengthen the region’s economy,” the statement said. “At Coca-Cola FEMSA we work comprehensively to care for our planet in order to be the reference in sustainability issues,” said John Santa Maria, CEO of Coca-Cola FEMSA. He added that they have launched “a series of actions such as promoting recycling and meeting our goal for 2030 of collecting 100% of post-consumer packaging, betting on a circular economy that positively transforms the planet and communities. “. Coca-Cola FEMSA, like all the companies that make up the Mexican Coca-Cola Industry, is part of the “World without Residues” initiative, promoted globally by the Coca-Cola Company and whose objective is to ensure that all packaging to be 100% recyclable by 2025, integrate 50% recycled PET resin into bottles and collect 100% of the packaging placed on the market by 2030. The General Director of ALPLA for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, Carlos Torres Ballesteros highlighted that ALPLA has more than 25 years of experience in the field of recycling and this new plant represents one more step in moving towards a Circular Economy for plastic. “This new recycling plant for food-grade PET will be ALPLA’s third recycling plant in Mexico, which makes us a spearhead at the national level and a benchmark for recycling in the world,” he assured. Guillermo Arturo del Rivero León, Secretary of Government of Tabasco, highlighted that “PLANETA represents Coca-Cola FEMSA and ALPLA’s commitment to sustainability but, at the same time, it is one more step to move towards a circular economy.” The first food grade PET recycling plant in Latin America is located in the State of Mexico with a production capacity of 15,000 tons of PET per year and since its foundation it has allowed the processing of more than 140,000 tons of this material that is have reintegrated into the production cycle of new bottles. In Mexico, about 52% of PET is recycled, which places the country in fourth place in the world in this matter, only below Sweden, Germany and the European Union, according to figures from the Ecology and Business Commitment Association (ECOCE). .

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