PETCO is the trading name of the PET Recycling Company NPC, a company established in 2004 to represent the South African PET plastic industry’s joint effort to self-regulate post-consumer polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling.
PETCO’s unique model is built on the simple principle of an industry driven and financed environmental solution for post-consumer PET plastic. The PET plastics industry acknowledges that the convenience and life-saving qualities of plastics aside, a solution for post-consumer plastic packaging is critical in order to minimise its impact on the environment.
To achieve this everyone involved, from the raw material producers, the converters, brand owners, retailers, consumers and recyclers are playing their part in the solution, with PETCO fulfilling the PET industry’s role of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR).
EPR promotes the integration of environmental costs associated with PET products throughout their life cycles into the market costs of the products, and shifts responsibility for the used container from government to private industry.
PETCO is financed by a voluntary recycling levy paid by converters on PET resin purchased. PETCO also receives grants from brand owners, resin producers and retailers. Support for PET recycling efforts ensures an ongoing monetary value for post-consumer PET. This sustains collection interest and reduces the volume of post-consumer PET in the waste stream.
By taking responsibility for post-consumer PET recycling, PETCO imposes accountability over the entire life cycle of PET products and packaging. This means that companies that manufacture, import and/or sell PET products and packaging are financially and physically responsible for such products after their useful life.
Ongoing consumer and public education and awareness activities promote environmental responsibility and encourage PET recycling.
PETCO operates throughout South Africa and has offices in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
PETCO was established in 2004 with the specific objective of improving the management and recycling of post-consumer PET products (products like used plastic cool-drink bottles.)
Over the past decade, we have driven significant change in the local PET recycling industry, which has facilitated the creation of many income opportunities, has reduced CO2 emissions and has meant a significant portion of landfill space has been avoided. We’re governed by one simple mantra – plastic bottles are not trash – and continuously spread that message as far and wide as we can.
Enshrined in the South African Constitution is the right to an environment which is not harmful to our health or well-being, and that is protected for the benefit of present and future generations. This places a duty on all spheres of government to take reasonable steps, which includes making laws, preventing pollution, promoting conservation and ensuring sustainable development.
It was in the midst of this evolving legislative landscape, as sustainable development (in terms of social, environmental and economic) gained traction on the political agenda, that the need for more effective waste management and recycling became a key focus for South Africa. This was all the impetus we needed to form PETCO over a decade ago.
Visit Packaging SA, the industry body for the South African packaging industry, for clear guidelines on what environmental legislation applies in South Africa and to download copies of the National Environmental Management: Waste Act 59 of 2008 and the Amendment Act of 2014.
The following legislation is applicable to waste management in South Africa:
The PETCO team is made up of dedicated, knowledgeable and passionate individuals. Five basic values drive everything that we do:
We work on the basis of respect, appreciation and commitment at all times, as do our members and our stakeholders.
We seek every opportunity to create work, entrepreneurship opportunities and hope for previously disadvantaged people, including women, for whom recovery of waste could be a lifeline.
Along with our membership, we believe that all our activities must be carried out with honesty, sincerity, care and reliability.
We are committed to providing our services in an efficient manner, anticipating the future needs of our members wherever possible.
Because we subscribe to triple bottom-line business principles, we always seek to implement business practices, which are environmentally and socially sustainable.
Our mission is to make sure that there is an ongoing monetary value for post-consumer PET so that we can grow the collection and recycling of PET bottles into the future.
We aim to reduce the environmental impact of post-consumer PET on the South African landscape through:
These are the people who play a major role in PETCO's success:
Business Development Manager
Collections and Training Manager
Stakeholder Relations Manager
Johannesburg Office Administrator
Accounting and Financial Consultant
Accounting and Financial Consultant
Representing: Brand Owners
Chairman, Franchise Technical Director, Coca-Cola Southern Africa.
Manufacturing Director: Peninsula Beverages.
Representing: Resin Producers
General Manager: Hosaf
Vice Chair, SAB Miller / ABI Soft Drinks.
Responsible Sourcing, Woolworths Food.
Representing: Retailers (alternate)
Sustainability General Manager, Pick 'n Pay.
Commercial Director, Boxmore.
Director of Public Affairs and Communications, Coca-Cola South Africa.
Joint Managing Director: Extrupet
Our directors serve a three-year term and are elected after being nominated by the industry sectors they represent, until substituted as industry representatives. Directors can be reappointed as industry representatives.