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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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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National Zoological Gardens launches recycling pilot project

National Zoological Gardens launches recycling pilot project

Media Release: 30 August 2018

If successful, job creation programme will roll out across SA

TSHWANE – SOUTH Africa’s largest zoo, the National Zoological Garden of South Africa (NZG), on Wednesday launched a recycling pilot project aimed at job creation and addressing the massive litter problem which its thousands of annual visitors leave in their wake.

Should the programme prove successful, it could also be rolled out at the Mokopane Biodiversity Centre in Limpopo.

The pilot project, which was founded in conjunction with the national PET Recycling Company (PETCO) and the City of Tshwane, will be operated by the Umkariso Women in Water cooperative.

The NZG’s acting manager for commercial services and business development, Marcel Singh, said five previously unemployed Tshwane residents had been trained and appointed to collect and sort the high volumes of recyclable materials generated daily by the zoo’s restaurants, curio shops, offices, research facilities, animal kitchens and veterinary hospital.

“This project forms part of the NZG’s environmental management plan and recycling is just one area in which we are committed to expanding our green footprint,” said Singh, adding that this was in compliance with the National Environmental Management: Waste Act.

“In implementing the waste hierarchy of reduce, re-use and recycle, we are also waging a war on littering, which is a huge problem. The NZG is currently in the concept phases of developing environmental campaigns aimed at reducing our plastic waste and educating visitors.”

PETCO chief executive officer Cheri Scholtz applauded the zoo for taking a proactive stance on waste management, while providing jobs and skills development for future entrepreneurs.

“The PET industry has long been committed to reducing the environmental impact of PET plastic packaging. This is another fantastic platform for us to engage with the public sector to make a meaningful difference,” said Scholtz.

“Keeping waste out of landfills and leveraging the economic value of recyclable materials presents a great opportunity to deliver much better social, economic and environmental outcomes in the long term.”

She said PETCO had been supporting the NZG’s recycling efforts since 2015, through training workshops as well as the handover of a converted shipping container for office space, trolleys, sorting tables, industrial scales and other equipment needed to get the programme off the ground.

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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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