PETCO: Plastic Bottles Are Not Trash

PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) is an incredibly sophisticated plastic most commonly used to manufacture bottled-water and cool-drink packaging. But after it’s been used, PET can be recycled into many new and useful products, including being turned back into bottles. It’s too valuable to be thrown in with the rubbish.

But how do we get PET bottles to be recycled and away from ending up in landfill? That’s where PETCO comes in. We take responsibility, on behalf of the PET industry, to advertise, promote and educate everyone from schools and municipalities to burgeoning recycling business on the value of recycling PET bottles.

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Recycling PET is <strong>sustainable</strong>

Recycling PET is sustainable

PET packaging can be made from up to 100% recycled PET, recapturing both the material and the inherent energy of the original package.

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Recycling PET is sustainable

PET packaging can be made from up to 100% recycled PET, recapturing both the material and the inherent energy of the original package. It can also be recycled multiple times.

PET can be made into many new <strong>useful products</strong>

PET can be made into many new useful products

As with virgin PET, recycled PET (rPET) can be used to make many new products

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PET can be made into many new useful products

As with virgin PET, recycled PET (rPET) can be used to make many new products, including polyester staple fibre/filament used for apparel (clothing), home textiles (duvets, pillows, carpeting), automotive parts (carpets, sound insulation, boot linings, seat covers) and industrial end-use items (geotextiles and roof insulation), and new PET packaging and bottles for both food and non-food products. It is generally blended in a ratio of virgin to recycled, depending on the application required.

Collecting PET <strong>creates jobs</strong>

Collecting PET creates jobs

Plastic bottles are valuable. And this value creates income opportunities for informal collectors.

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Collecting PET creates jobs

Plastic bottles are valuable. And this value creates income opportunities for informal collectors. If one person collects 200 bottles for 240 days of the year, it amounts to 1 450 kilograms per year.

Recycling PET is <strong>good for the environment</strong>

Recycling PET is good for the environment

Recycling PET bottles over the last ten years has saved a total of 651 000 tons of carbon, avoided using 2.7 million m3 of landfill space and reduced resource consumption.

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Recycling PET is good for the environment

Recycling PET bottles over the last ten years has saved a total of 651 000 tons of carbon, avoided using 2.7 million m3 of landfill space and reduced resource consumption. Recycling plastic bottles decreases the need for raw materials and saves energy. Recycling a single tonne of plastic bottles saves 1.5 tonnes of carbon versus landfilling or incineration. (Credit: Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production – WRAP).

The Role Of Packaging

Modern living has driven the desire for convenience foods in ready-to-prepare and single-serve formats. This has given rise to all sorts of products that could not exist without packaging - like carbonated soft drinks, long life milk, ready meals and household chemicals, even electronic products like computers and TVs that need to work as soon as they're out the box.

But once it's performed this function, packaging takes on an entirely different face: it becomes cumbersome waste. By not considering the impact of packaging on the waste stream, the ugly and unwanted perception people have of packaging will continue.

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PETCO has shareholder and associate members. Our shareholder members are the visionary companies who pay levies and grants, and credit for funding PET recycling in South Africa goes to them. Our associate members are the amazing individuals, non-profits, schools, municipalities and other companies who are passionate about reducing, reusing, recycling and recovering. We salute you all.

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