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Nestlé and PepsiCo found to be second and third biggest offenders by environmental group.

Coca-Cola has been branded the world’s worst plastic polluter for the third year in a row, in a damning report that further reveals the scale of the global plastic crisis.

In its annual audit of plastic waste found on beaches, rivers, parks and communities across the globe, Break Free From Plastic found Coca-Cola bottles were by far the worst offender.

The company’s branding was discovered on 13,834 pieces of plastic at 51 of the 55 sites surveyed — more than the combined total of Nestlé (8,633) and PepsiCo (5,155), which were the second and third worst polluters.

The project, which is undertaken by 15,000 volunteers, collected almost 350,000 bits of plastic waste, of which 63 per cent was marked with an identifiable brand. In total more than 5,000 brands were identified in the survey.

Greenpeace accused Coca-Cola, Nestlé and PepsiCo of failing to adequately deal with the plastic crisis and of “teaming up” with oil companies to produce even more of the environmentally damaging material.

“To stop this mess and combat climate change, multinationals like Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Nestlé must end their addiction to single-use plastic packaging and move away from fossil fuels,” said Abigail Aguilar, plastics campaign coordinator for Greenpeace Southeast Asia.

The damning report comes just months after the three soft drinks manufacturers were accused of “hypocrisy” after a report claimed they had made public pledges to cut plastic waste while quietly undermining sustainability reforms through lobbying groups and trade associations.

“To stop this mess and combat climate change, multinationals like Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Nestlé must end their addiction to single-use plastic packaging and move away from fossil fuels,” said Abigail Aguilar, plastics campaign coordinator for Greenpeace Southeast Asia.

The damning report comes just months after the three soft drinks manufacturers were accused of “hypocrisy” after a report claimed they had made public pledges to cut plastic waste while quietly undermining sustainability reforms through lobbying groups and trade associations.

Plastic entering the marine environment is set to double by 2040 and, unless the world acts, more than 1.3 billion tonnes of plastic waste will be dumped on land and in waterbodies, one study suggests.