Find a drop-off site closest to you for your PET and other recyclables.
Plastic bottles are not trash. When recyclable materials, like PET, are sent to landfill, they become completely useless. Keep them out of the waste stream by recycling them. Check for local NGOs, schools and shopping centre that offer recycling.
Plastic bottles are valuable and create 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. The 74 300 tonnes of post-consumer PET collected in 2015 translates into the creation of an estimated 50 000 income opportunities for informal collectors.
Permanent jobs in the PET recycling industry are conservatively estimated at 1 335 (direct jobs at recyclers, excluding collectors), with capital investment to date of R665 million.
Increased plastic bottle recycling leads to job creation in the waste management, product development, manufacturing and marketing sectors.
Local authorities are obliged to increase recovery, recycling and composting of household waste to reach mandatory government targets. Separation at source projects have to be initiated by municipalities by 2016.
Recycling one tonne of PET containers saves 6.2 cubic metres of landfill space and reduces landfill requirements, thus increasing the life of landfill sites and cutting disposal costs. Landfill costs are set to increase rapidly over the coming years.
Plastic bottle recycling provides a valuable public service. People generally want to recycle plastics, and there is high demand for this service.
PET bottles are made of one of the few polymers that can be recycled into the same form – a new beverage bottle – again. This neatly closes the recycling loop.
Recycled PET or rPET resin demand is on the rise, because of its environmental pedigree. Food-grade rPET resin (according to US FDA and EU standards) for the bottle blowing and sheet thermoforming markets has displaced imports.
Plastic bottles are widely used, abundant and very visual. There is the potential for increased recycling to remove an even more significant volume from the waste stream than is currently the case.
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 (vs. land filling or incineration. Credit: Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production – WRAP).
Where will you be recycling?
Whether at home, at school, at the office or at your university, there are a few simple steps you should take to ensure successful recycling. Although it is arguably easier to follow the steps when recycling at home, even the small effort you take to encourage recycling at the office or university will reap rewards. Find all the details you’ll to help you recycle anywhere here.
From basic collectors to recycling entrepreneurs, PETCO sees the role of training and mentorship as critical. We specifically help in improving work conditions and assist entrepreneurs to grow and sustain their businesses. We also aim to embed good practice in the design of PET packaging. Find out more here: