SOUTH AFRICA: PETCO recycled 2.1 billion plastic bottles in 2021

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After awarding several start-ups in its competition on sustainable waste management in South Africa, PET Recycling Company NPC (PETCO) has published its 2021 report card, which mentions "2.1 billion plastic bottles recycled".

Following its annual general meeting, the South African PET Recycling Company (PETCO) announced that it had recycled 2.1 billion plastic bottles in 2021. The company, which represents producers of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) packaging, has increased its collection of bottles by 6%, i.e. 90 402 tonnes compared to 79 078 tonnes in 2020.

According to Petco, the various initiatives across the nine provinces of the rainbow nation have resulted in 2021 in ‘saving an area equivalent to 560 495 cubic metres and avoiding the associated potential carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of 135 604 tonnes’. In Gauteng province, for example, the company has worked with informal waste collectors, buy-back centres and recyclers in the city of Johannesburg, where six million people generate 40,000 tonnes of plastic waste per month, according to the municipality.

“In 2022, we will focus on packaging design to ensure the sustainability of the recycling economy. We are now aiming for a post-consumer solution to promote the circular economy for PET plastic based on regulation,” explains Cheri Scholtz, PETCO’s CEO. This perspective is shared by Tshidi Ramogase, Director of Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability at Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA). For her part, it will be a matter of facilitating direct support to the waste management value chain in the context of post-Covid 19 economic recovery.

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To achieve this, PETCO is counting on the mobilisation of many volunteers such as the Zonda Insila Programme (ZIP), a collective of 14 projects that fight against illegal dumping in South Africa. Thanks to waste collection and recovery sessions in rural areas, the initiative was awarded a prize in the Worth in Your Waste category of the Sustainable Waste Management competition organised by PETCO in South Africa.

Benoit-Ivan Wansi

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