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All you need to know as a collector.

Download our full Basic Collector’s Guide

Download our full Intermediate Collector’s Guide

Download documents to help you with starting a buy-back centre or a collection businesss

Download application form to apply for sponsorship of equipment and training support

Start a recycling swop-shop

A swop-shop provides a shopping alternative to our normal money-based system as it allows people to exchange goods and services for their recyclables. It’s uniquely South African and a meaningful way to support communities that may not have a lot of disposable income.

Download our full Swop-shop Guide

Sell your recyclables

Here at PETCO, we don’t manufacture, buy or sell any material. But we have a number of contracted recyclers that do buy PET bottles, who will be able to provide more pricing info.

These recyclers will buy a minimum of 20 tonnes of baled bottles, to be delivered to their plants, and the price you will receive will vary according to bale standard, level of sorting, as well as distance from markets. Here are their details:

Company Contact Name Phone
Extrupet (GP) Somesh Rastogi 082 883 3483 Somesh@extrupet.co.za
Extrupet (WC) Mr Shahid 082 904 5467 capetown@extrupet.com
Sen Li Da Theresa Ping Yin 072 713 3116 sldbuypetbottle@gmail.com
Kaytech (WC) Clinton McKenzie 083 461 9490 clintm@kaytech.co.za
Palletplast (WC) Christopher Smith 021 905 1725 christopher.smith@palletplast.co.za
Da Run Fa (GP, surrounds) Vivian Subramoney 011 864 8687 info@darunfa.co.za
Afripet Nardo Nel 083 271 7352 nardo@africhair.co.za

Note: Should you not yet have the capacity to bale material, you will need to sell your material to an intermediate collector or buy-back centre. For a comprehensive list of multi-recycling buy-back Centres: Find a drop-off site.

Recycling entrepreneurs, PETCO can help with training and mentorship.

PETCO sees the role of training and mentorship of PET collectors as critical. We specifically help in improving work conditions and assist entrepreneurs to grow and sustain their businesses. We also identify with the need to raise awareness in communities and strengthen relationships with government, to encourage the establishment of separation at source projects and expand existing PET collection into new areas.

PETCO supports visible recycling in the following ways:

We encourage the establishment of separation at source projects and work with communities to expand existing PET collection opportunities into new areas.

We can assist with:

PETCO can sponsor infrastructure and equipment to grow visible recycling.

PETCO supports projects with infrastructure, equipment and protective clothing, enhancing working conditions, and helping collectors improve their collection volumes, quality and transport efficiencies.

Equipment provision includes:

All the sponsorship recipients have signed equipment contracts. They are monitored on a monthly basis to track growth.

Download the Criteria for Support document below or click here to download the PETCO Collections and Training Support Application Form.

See how PETCO has supported these Joint Venture Projects

We have a range of joint venture projects that helped us promote the growth of visible PET recycling. Take a look at some of the ones where we were involved in 2015.

Joint Ventures with Safripol

Joint Ventures with Safripol

BULK BAGS
Our bulk storage bags work just as hard as the waste pickers, buy-back centres and recycling projects do. Waste pickers use the bags to carry and store the PET bottles they collect until they have enough to take to their nearest buy-back centre and exchange for cash.

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Joint Ventures with Safripol

BULK BAGS
Our bulk storage bags work just as hard as the waste pickers, buy-back centres and recycling projects do. Waste pickers use the bags to carry and store the PET bottles they collect until they have enough to take to their nearest buy-back centre and exchange for cash. The buy-back centres also use these bags to store the material purchased until they, in turn, are ready to sell the feedstock to PETCO’s recycling partners. In 2021, our joint venture with Safripol has allowed us to support seven local municipalities plus 24 recycling projects across eight provinces with 1 775 bulk storage bags – and there are more to come.

SEPARATION-AT-SOURCE PROJECTS

In partnership with Voting Member Safripol, PETCO sponsored the following:
• In Limpopo: 200 collection bins with stickers for the Thulamela Local Municipality and eight collection bins with stickers for the Thabazimbi Local Municipality.
• In Free State: 48 collection bins with stickers for KEE Recycling.
• In Gauteng: 20 collection bins with stickers for the Dinokeng Game Reserve, recycling centre signage for the African Reclaimers Organisation (ARO) as well as 400 collection bins with stickers and 50 000 recycling bags, and eight collection bins for the River Club Golf Course.

Joint Ventures with Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa and The Coca-Cola Foundation

Joint Ventures with Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa and The Coca-Cola Foundation

CCBSA
CCBSA has partnered with Matongoni Recycling to increase the collection of PET bottles, and is ready to support collectors in Polokwane, Makhado, Messina, Venda,

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Joint Ventures with Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa and The Coca-Cola Foundation

CCBSA
CCBSA has partnered with Matongoni Recycling to increase the collection of PET bottles, and is ready to support collectors in Polokwane, Makhado, Messina, Venda, Tzaneen, Lebowakgomo, Thabazimbi and Lephalale.

Together we have embarked on the following:

Creation of new collection capacity by empowering grassroot level entrepreneurs, who have potential to collect high PET volumes. Increasing collection in existing urban and rural areas by supporting informal and formal SMMEs.

To enable the success of this approach, we have invested in the following:

Collection subsidy – To robustly increase collection in the rural areas, we need to make collection of waste appealing in order to drive the demand.
Transport subsidy – We know that transportation of material from rural areas to the recyclers is costly and has become a hindrance for recyclers to obtain the required feedstock. As we increase collection in rural areas, we must ensure that the feedstock gets to the recyclers by investing in a transport subsidy via reverse logistics and third-party logistics companies in areas that are out of radius for our trucks.
Equipment support – Setting up informal and formal new collectors with high PET collection potential.

THE COCA-COLA FOUNDATION AND BANQU (Project Up)

A tri-partite partnership between The Coca-Cola Foundation, PETCO and BanQu has lead to the creation and roll-out of Project Up. This project will revolutionise how recyclable materials are traded, tracked and traced in South Africa. BanQu, the Software-as-a-Service platform is helping buy-back centres accurately record and track their recycling transactions with waste pickers – as well as trace the origins of the recycling – while providing a real-time business management tool enabling them to better understand and manage their businesses. The project will see the system rolled out to 100 buy-back centres across the country.

For more information, click here.

Joint Ventures with Municipalities

Joint Ventures with Municipalities

With the City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality: Four volume cages for a school recycling project and one volume trailer for a community swop shop recycling project.
With the Bloemfontein Metropolitan Municipality: One volume trailer for the Fichardt Park Household Recycling Project.

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Joint Ventures with Municipalities

With the City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality: Four volume cages for a school recycling project and one volume trailer for a community swop shop recycling project.
With the Bloemfontein Metropolitan Municipality: One volume trailer for the Fichardt Park Household Recycling Project.
With the Drakenstein Municipality: Four trolleys for identified waste collectors.

PETCO’s Design for Recycling Guidance

Our aim is to embed design for recycling into the development of PET packaging. PETCO recognises the need for innovators, designers, manufacturers and packaging decision makers to understand how packaging design decisions affect container recyclability and, where feasible, to design packaging to be compatible with the broadest range of recycling operations.

Our ‘Design for Recyclability’ guideline document is in line with international best practice and knowledge of our current technological capacity.

We host an annual ‘Design for Recycling’ workshop, where we share current thinking on design for innovation and closed loop systems. We also engage brand owners around pack format and design and empower students with information about the fundamentals of design for recycling.