These Coke billboards point you to the nearest recycling bin

The brand's iconic ribbon just became really functional

Published On
May 31, 2019

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Coca-Cola is trying to do its part to reduce its contribution to environmental waste.  By 2025, it promises that 100% of its packaging is recyclable and by 2030 it plans to have systems in place to ensure that every bottle or can it puts out will be returned. Until then, however, there are billboards.

A campaign from Publicis Italy turns the brand’s iconic swirl into directional signs that point passersby to recycling bins directly below.

The insight behind this was research that found consumers will indeed recycle, if only th recycling bins were easy to find. 

Coke was also environmentally strategic about placement of the signs--their locations were chosen based on where pre-existing or new recycling bins would get maximum visibility and use. 

The campaign is running in Central and Eastern Europe, and is also making a stop at Bulgarian music fest the Happy Energy Tour, which had more than 200,000 attendees last year. Results of the campaign so far show that 85% of cans uses have been collected, which the agency says is a big jump compared to last year.

The brand has been know to play with its famous ribbon to add more meaning to its messages. Coca-Cola earned a Cannes Grand Prix for its billboard that turned the graphic into a pair of grasping hands, while in a less successful move that angered some consumers, it used the swirl to bring together President Trump and Kim Jong-Un ahead of their summit last year. 

Coca-Cola Recycle Sign

Coca-Cola Recycle Sign 2

Coca-Cola Recycle Sign Energy Tour

Coca-Cola Recycle Sign Bin

Coca-Cola Recycle Sign Music Fest 2

Coca-Cola Recycle Sign Music Fest


May 31, 2019
Client :
Agency :
Global CCO Publicis Communication Worldwide :
Bruno Bertelli
CCO Publicis Italy :
Cristiana Boccassini
Executive Creative Director :
Davide Boscacci
Executive Creative Director :
Jorg Riommi
Art Director :
Andrea Raia
Copywriter :
Matteo Gatto
Illustrator :
Davide Barco
Global Client Service Director :
Lorenza Montorfano
Account Director :
Marcia Carneiro
CEE Portfolio and Growth Director :
Romain Maillard
CEE IMC Director :
Dmitry Muzychenko
CEE Content Excellence Director :
Monica Alvarez
CEE Content Excellence Manager :
Desirèe Ferrari

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