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“Doing the right thing”, protecting reputation and creating opportunities
Research has shown that if plastic were to be substituted by glass, the
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.

The most common container in the beverages market today is the polyethylene
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.

STRATEGY ADDRESSED:

Industry diversification

Waste

IMPLEMENTATION:

Actively support recycling initiatives, create new sources of material sourcing for new product development

RESULT:

Hosaf is an industry leader and founding member of PETco, a non-profit organisation that was established by the industry for the industry – to be of assistance to self-govern the industry. Industry players pay a levy towards funding PETco. PETco creates awareness with regard to the impact that used PET products have on the environment when waste is sent to landfills. It also invests the funds it receives into entrepreneurial small businesses that recycle plastic bottles to sell or re-use. The ultimate aim through its efforts is to create B2B recycling.

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