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Demand for plastic bottles is at an all-time high in the Western Cape region due to the drought situation.
Demand for plastic bottles is at an all-time high in the Western Cape region due to the drought situation.

PETCO and partners relieve pressure on Western Cape Recycling capacity

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PETCO - Apr 4th, 08:07

Demand for plastic bottles is at an all-time high in the Western Cape region due to the drought situation.

As a result of the situation, the local recycling capacity in the Western Cape is at maximum production and is unable to process the additional influx of bottles.

PETCO Associate Member Oasis Water, recycling experts Extrupet, and PETCO are transporting 15MT of baled bottles in March to the Extrupet facility in Gauteng for processing.
This is to overcome the challenge and prevent these additional bottles having to be sent to landfill.

Chandru Wadhwani, Joint Managing Director of Extrupet (Pty) Ltd. and PETCO board member, says: "For me the pressing driver here is to ensure that the extra volume of PET bottles that have found their way to the Western Cape on the back of the water crisis finds a home in a recycled product.” Wadhwani adds, “Just by way of scale, when we load 15MT on the truck sponsored by Oasis Water, half a million bottles will now be recycled that otherwise wouldn’t have been. This is the ultimate value of this initiative and companies like Oasis Water need to be commended - they set the perfect example of what extended producer responsibility entails. But for the support of companies like Oasis Water, these bottles would ultimately be landfilled or worse, end up in the oceans.”

Group Director of Oasis Water, Naas du Preez, says: "With the influx of bottled water into Cape Town we believe, as a responsible brand, that we must also assist and be depended upon to take care of the environment and have sponsored the transport as a sign of goodwill. We are also challenging fellow bottlers and players in the industry to do the same and assist with keeping recycling responsible."

PETCO is now monitoring the situation closely to determine whether additional transportation will be needed to ease the burden on the Western Cape recycling capacity, and encourages other companies to offer financial support should additional transport become necessary.

As a nation facing the impact of drought in many of our provinces, South Africa has come to rely upon plastics to assist us in dealing with the accompanying water shortages and has trusted our robust recycling industry to get us through the crisis responsibly. With the increase in consumption of bottled water in Cape Town, the volume of bottles needing to be recycled is threatening to overwhelm local recycling capacity. In order to prevent PET bottles needlessly ending up landfills, three companies have joined forces to overcome the challenge.

The PET recycling company (PETCO) has made massive strides in increasing SA recycling rates in recent years, resulting in a Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) bottle recycling rate of 55% in 2016- that means more than 90 000 tonnes of PET or two billion bottles being recycled each year.

PETCO CEO Cheri Scholtz says this effectively means that we are currently recycling more than half of all post-consumer PET bottles in the market and more bottles are being recycled than those going into landfill: “Through the remarkable network of people, companies and organisations we work with, we have created more than 60,000 income opportunities for small and micro-collectors, changing their lives and those of their families in immeasurable ways and injecting almost R900 million into the economy to date."

PETCO's contracted recycling partner Extrupet, has a fibre producing plant in Milnerton in Cape Town and a Bottle-2-Bottle plant in Wadeville, Johannesburg, where recycled PET plastic bottles are used to manufacture new bottles for many food grade applications or recycled into a myriad new and useful products such as polyester fibre for duvets and pillows, jeans and t-shirts, and reusable shopping bags. This process has made SA a self-sufficient manufacturer of polyester fibre, no longer reliant on imports.

 

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