Who we are

An industry-driven and industry-financed environment solution for PET

PETCO is the trading name of the PET Recycling Company NPC, a company incorporated 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.

The History of PETCO

PETCO was incorporated 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.

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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.

South Africa does not have widespread separation at source household kerbside collection programmes and drop off infrastructure is lacking. However, there is a vast informal sector who collect recyclables from various sources (household bins that are put out for municipal collection, landfill, roadside etc.) so there is a fair rate of packaging recycling happening in the country as an economic lifeline. This has been dubbed Separation Outside Source by a prominent academic locally. The challenge now is to further unlock this potential and to incorporate the informal sector into the formal sector and to devise a public/private partnership model for collection that is cost effective and efficient. Recent framework legislation (2009+) has changed the waste approach and alongside global trends, followed an EPR approach.

Key legislation for the waste industry:

Constitution: 108 of 1996:

National Environmental Management: Waste Act effective 1 Jul ’09:

National Environmental Management Act:

National Waste Management Strategy (NWMS) – 09 November 2011:

National Environmental Management: Waste Act, 2008 (Act No. 59 of 2008) Amendment to the List of Waste Management Activities:

National Environmental Management: Waste Amendment Bill, 2013

NEM:WA  National Norms and Standards for the storage of waste, 2013:

Other considerations:

Other strategies/ programs:

Governments National Development Plan (2011) – Vision for 2030

Green Economy Accord

Youth in Waste Programme

DST Waste Research, Development & Innovation Roadmap

Industry Waste Management Plan for Packaging & Paper

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.

In the plastics sector, Plastics|SA is the umbrella body which has established a Sustainability Council (SC) with members including PETCO, SA Vinyls Association, Polystyrene Association of South Africa and Polyco (polyolefin sector). Plastics|SA SC vision is “Zero Plastic Waste to Landfill by 2030”.

PETCO is the voluntary EPR initiative by PET industry after plastic bag levy introduced in South Africa in 2000. PET value chain realised the need to take responsibility for their products and to fund a process to demonstrate they are capable of taking care of their own affairs.


Evolution of Waste Management Policy in South Africa

Our Values

The PETCO team is made up of dedicated, knowledgeable and passionate individuals. Five basic values drive everything that we do:

Respect
We work on the basis of respect, appreciation and commitment at all times, as do our members and our stakeholders.

Empowerment
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.

Integrity
Along with our membership, we believe that all our activities must be carried out with honesty, sincerity, care and reliability.

Professionalism
We are committed to providing our services in an efficient manner, anticipating the future needs of our members wherever possible.

Sustainability
Because we subscribe to triple bottom-line business principles, we always seek to implement business practices, which are environmentally and socially sustainable.

Our Vision and Mission

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

  1. Growing the collection & recycling of PET bottles after consumer use;
  2. Supporting existing & encourage new collection and recycling initiatives; and
  3. Promoting a strong focus on public & consumer education & awareness programs.

The PETCO Team

These are the people who play a major role in PETCO's success:

EMPLOYEES

Cheri Scholtz
Cheri Scholtz

CEO

Belinda Booker
Belinda Booker

Collections and Training Manager

Tlou Sebola
Tlou Sebola

Collections and Training: Regional Representative

Janine Osborne
Janine Osborne

Stakeholder Relations Manager

Kara Levy
Kara Levy

Marketing Officer

Lungani Zwane
Lungani Zwane

Recycling Programme Officer

Pearl Molepo
Pearl Molepo

Recycling Programme Manager

Vicki Retief
Vicki Retief

Financial Controller / Office Administrator

Vainah Mbulo
Vainah Mbulo

Johannesburg Office Administrator

Vhengani Munyayi
Vhengani Munyayi

Intern: Collections and Training Projects


CONTRACTED RESOURCE

Martin Niebuhr
Martin Niebuhr

Accounting and Financial Consultant

Annette Schell
Annette Schell

Levy Manager

Martin Niebuhr

Accounting and Financial Consultant


DIRECTORS

Gert Claasen
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Gert Claasen

Representing: Resin Producers

Research & Development Director: Safripol

Nawaaz Kalick
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Nawaaz Kalick

Representing: Converters

Procurement & Supply Executive: RPC Astrapak Thermopac

Greg Morse
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Greg Morse

Representing: Bottlers

Manufacturing Director: Peninsula Beverages.

Tshidi Ramogase
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Tshidi Ramogase

Representing: Bottlers

Vice-chair. Public Affairs and Communications Director: Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA).

David Drew
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David Drew

Representing: Brand Owners

Head of Sustainability: SEABU at The Coca-Cola Company.

Asyia Sheik-Ojwang
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Asyia Sheik-Ojwang

Representing: Brand Owners

Head of Public Affairs, Communications & Sustainability for Southern Africa: Coca-Cola Africa (Pty) Ltd.

Feroz Koor
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Feroz Koor

Representing: Retailers

Group Head of Sustainability: Woolworths

Prof. Linda Godfrey
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Prof. Linda Godfrey

Board appointment

Principal Scientist, Waste for Development: CSIR


Our directors serve a three-year term and are elected after being nominated by the industry sectors they represent.
They may avail themselves for re-election.

Our board are not remunerated and pay their own expenses to attend annual meetings.