Upcoming Workshop – The Economics of Recycling: Is Recycling Worth It?

Upcoming Workshop – The Economics of Recycling: Is Recycling Worth It?
17 March 2017

Upcoming Workshop – The Economics of Recycling: Is Recycling Worth It?

PETCO created the Associate Membership Programme for organizations who are not represented in the shareholding of PETCO but would like to become part of the PETCO family as they subscribe to our principles. This is workshop 1 of 4 for 2017, focusing on “The Economics of Recycling: Is Recycling Worth It?”

PETCO seeks to minimise the environmental impact of post-consumer PET on the South African landscape.

In order to attain this vision and to build a sustainable recycling economy, we first need to understand how the economics of recycling work.

Join us at our first workshop session for 2017, on Wednesday 29 March, at Villa Vittoria, at 10am. Tickets are R450 for non-PETCO-members.

There is limited seating available so book your ticket today!


10:00 – 10:10am Welcome and introductions
Janine Basson, PETCO Stakeholder Relations Manager

10:10 – 10:40 Keynote address: Setting the Scene – How does recycling fit into the big picture of sustainability?
Should we still be encouraging recycling and why?

Dr Joël Houdet, Director of Integrated Sustainability Services (ISS)

10:40 – 11:00 Break

11:00 – 11:20 Presenting the PETCO model – Understanding PETCO’s role in keeping recycling sustainable
Alistair Schorn, PETCO Business Development Manager

11:20 – 11:40 A Recycler’s Perspective – challenges and opportunities
Chandru Wadhwani, Joint Managing Director Extrupet (Pty) Ltd.

11:40 – 12:00 Q&A

12:00 – 13:00pm Wrap up followed by lunch & networking

Buy your tickets here: PETCO workshop – The Economics of Recycling: Is Recycling Worth it?

More about our speakers:

Dr Joël Houdet

Dr. Joël R.A. Houdet works as an independent consultant at Integrated Sustainability Services, with more than 10 years of experience in corporate natural capital accounting, valuation and reporting. Dr. Houdet also holds Senior Research Fellowships at the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS, Nairobi, Kenya) and the Albert Luthuli Centre for Responsible Leadership (ALCRL, University of Pretoria, South Africa).

Joël is based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has been involved in several high profile initiatives, including the drafting of the Natural Capital Protocol and several work treams of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). Joël holds a PhD in Management Sciences from AgroParisTech (France), a Masters in Practicing Accounting from Monash University (Australia) and Bachelor of Sciences from Rhodes University (South Africa). He also has 5 years’ experience in the think tank industry in Paris. He worked for OREE / CREED – Veolia Environment as a research engineer and advisor to CAC40 companies (2007 – 2010), SMEs and public organisations on biodiversity and ecosystem services issues. He was also co-founding president of Synergiz from 2006 to January 2013, a Paris-based think tank which works on urban sustainability and the business and biodiversity nexus.

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Alistair Schorn

Alistair is the Head of Business Development at PETCO, the PET Plastic Recycling Company. Formed in 2004, PETCO is the Extended Producer Responsibility Organisation for PET recycling in South Africa. Its mission is to improve the rates of collection and recycling of post-consumer PET bottles, promote the use of recycled PET in existing end-use markets such as polyester staple fibre and foodgrade recycled PET resin, and develop new end-use markets for recycled PET.

Alistair holds a Master’s degree in International Economics, as well as a number of professional qualifications in sustainability-related fields. His background includes extensive consulting experience to blue-chip local and international clients, five years as Head of the Emerging Economies Network at WWF, the Worldwide Fund for Nature, and ten years at the South African Department of Trade and Industry, working in the fields of export and investment promotion.

Alistair is a Faculty Associate at the University of Pretoria’s Albert Luthuli Centre for Responsible Leadership, and an External Supervisor for the MBA Programme at the Gordon Institute of Business Science.

Chandru Wadhwani

Chandru is a BSc Business Studies graduate from City University in London, UK. He has been involved in the Textile & Plastics industries for the last 27 years across the African continent. 16 of those years have been spent in South Africa as part of the team responsible for the setting up and running of Africa’s leading PET and HDPE bottle recycling company, Extrupet.

He’s currently Extrupet’s Joint Managing Director where he is part of a team of dedicated plastic recycling practitioner’s, tasked with leading the company into its next phase of recycling, namely the expansion and technological development of the group’s ‘bottle-to-bottle’ recycling activities.

The Group’s major expansion in this space was the introduction of a Starlinger System in 2014 which is approved by several MNCs. The plant has been running successfully at the Johannesburg site and new market segments such as CSD’s and Bottled Water have been penetrated. The site remains BRC certified and both its ‘Food Grade’ plants have an EFSA opinion document, with the Starlinger line polymer having been approved for use up to 100%.