weight of packaging materials would rise by 300%, the volume of rubbish would expand by 150% and the energy consumed by the packaging industry would increase by 100%.
B2B (bottle-to-bottle) recycling, where waste PET bottles are collected and reprocessed to enable them to be used again for PET bottles, and the development of other end-use markets are therefore becoming critically important.
Plastic is recycled for use in the production of fibre for filling (duvets and pillows), strapping and insulation. Certain targets are set to have all beverage bottles produced from PET to have at least a 20% content ration of r-PET.
terephthalate (PET) bottle with growth of PET use in South Africa projected at an average of at least 7% per year.
Despite alternative materials being available, based on its many advantages, plastic is the material of choice for many manufacturers. But higher production translates into a direct increase in household waste. The high environmental profile and the high cost proportion of the two main ingredients of PET have been the main drivers behind a thriving PET recycling industry.
In addition to being a founding member of PETco, Hosaf is investigating investment in a product line that will enable it to consume approximately 50 000 tons of recycled PET (r-PET) per annum and deliver a PET resin chip with up to a 20% r-PET content.
This demand for r-PET material will have an additional effect of creating downstream job opportunities in the waste collection, sorting and washing industries, reduce consumption of imported raw materials, and reduce the volume of waste taken to landfill.