PETCO: #DO1THING. RECYCLE.

PET plastic bottles are destined for more than spending the rest of time in landfill.

When recycled, PET plastic bottles are turned into many new and useful products, like fibre-fill for duvets and pillows, PET trays for fruit, geotextiles, and even brand new bottles.

PET is too valuable to be thrown away, so Do 1 Thing. Recycle.

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THE IMPACT DASHBOARD BELOW IS A VISUAL REPRESENTATION OF THE IMPACT THAT PETCO HAD IN 2018. THESE ARE LINKED TO THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDG’S) WHICH ARE A COLLECTION OF 17 GLOBAL GOALS SET BY THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN 2015 FOR THE YEAR 2030.

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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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Latest News from PETCO

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Soweto recycling entrepreneur cleans up with equipment boost

Soweto recycling entrepreneur cleans up with equipment boost

R200K donation from ALPLA and PETCO helps to build sustainable business

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Sustainable fashion awards show green is the new black

Sustainable fashion awards show green is the new black

The PET Plastic Recycling Company sponsors inaugural Twyg Sustainable Fashion Awards

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PET bottle recycling upskills and uplifts rural SA

PET bottle recycling upskills and uplifts rural SA

RECYCLING in South Africa is growing and providing an effective tool for preventing PET plastic bottles from ending up in the environment, where they do not belong, and giving people a way out of poverty.

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South Africa’s 2019 recycling champions announced

South Africa’s 2019 recycling champions announced

Eco warriors champion the underprivileged and the environment

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Meet PETCO's Members

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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