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Green is the New Red

Coca-Cola has begun its ambitious recycling plan by changing methods of production at the Eagan plant.

"Our goal is to recycle 100 percent of the amount of stuff that we consume here," Stan Mathews, Production Manager of the Coca-Cola Eagan plant told WCCO.

The fortune 100 company is able to save over two million gallons of water per year by using a silicone lubricant to keep the cans sliding down the conveyor during production.

Perhaps the most innovative green idea is in the use of two inch bottles that are heated to make the plastic soft and modable. A machine fills each bottle with air expanding the mold to its ful size.

These pre-production reduced size bottles cuts the cost of fuel in transporting the material from the recycling plant to the Coca Cola site.

USA Today reported Coca Cola announced it will spend $44 million into its first U.S. plastic-bottle-recycling plant in effort to give the company a "greener" environmental image.

The plant will recycle collected bottles into new bottles to reach the company's goal of 30% PET in each bottle by 2010.

The new plant will be built in Spartanburg, S.C.