PLASTIC BOTTLES ARE NOT TRASH.

Collectors know the value in reclaiming used plastic PET bottles. They help to divert upwards of 90 000 tonnes of PET plastic bottles from landfill every year. Once collected, these used bottles are turned back into bottles (as well as many other products), contributing to SA’s GDP and eliminating the chance that they end up in the environment. They’re too important to be thrown in the rubbish.

THE JOURNEY TO A CIRCULAR ECONOMY STARTS WITH COLLECTORS.

Recycling ensures that a circular economy is established where the value of plastic bottles continues indefinitely. Collectors are an integral part to this sustainable way of doing business. Through PETCO’s efforts, we’ve been able to create over 60 000 income opportunities every year, most of them collectors. They are an invaluable part of the recycling chain.

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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

To date, recycling PET bottles has saved over 1 million tonnes of carbon, avoided using almost 5 million m3 of landfill space and reduced resource consumption.

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Recycling PET is good for the environment

To date, recycling PET bottles has saved over 1 million tonnes of carbon, avoided using almost 5 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

Extra-large PET volumes purchased by Extrupet

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Scientists find reusable PET grocery bags a top choice to reduce plastic pollution in SA

Scientists find reusable PET grocery bags a top choice to reduce plastic pollution in SA

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Plastic industry announces positive PET recycling rate

Plastic industry announces positive PET recycling rate

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Unique pilot programme boost for recycling sector reeling from the Covid-19 lockdown

Unique pilot programme boost for recycling sector reeling from the Covid-19 lockdown

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PETCO and SAFRIPOL continue to support Bophelo Recycling in 2020

PETCO and SAFRIPOL continue to support Bophelo Recycling in 2020

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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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