Coca-Cola South Africa marked a milestone achievement in South Africa’s recycling industry.
The first Bottle-to-Bottle recycling plant in Africa, with an investment of R75 million and the capability to produce PET resin suitable for the carbonated drink sector, was officially opened by Minister of Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa in Wadeville.
The plant was installed by Extrupet, a company supported by PETCO, the PET recycling industry body which Coca-Cola South Africa co-founded.
Speaking at the launch event, Minister Molewa said “Waste is one aspect of society which is neglected and often not prioritised and when society advances and new tech is introduced, waste also becomes more diverse and complex. The plant, which will give a rebirth to old bottles, is also expected to help municipalities deal with their zero waste targets and to combat climate change”.
At the event, Therese Gearhart, CCSA Business Unit President addressed the audience of key stakeholders in the recycling industry and national and environmental media, explaining that “As a system we are committed to a sustainable packaging strategy of Reuse, Reduce and Recycle. We reuse our packaging by selling beverages in Returnable Glass Bottles. We reduce by successfully light-weighting our packaging. And finally we recycle our non-returnable packaging by supporting projects such as the one we are celebrating today”.
“We are the first country on the continent to use this Coca-Cola approved technology for carbonated soft drink bottles, closing the manufacturing loop in the biggest sector of the beverage market,” remarked Chandru Wadhwani, MD of Extrupet. “This project’s success boils down to our loyal customers, our shareholders continued commitment, and our long standing relationship with PETCO.”
Concluding her address, Therese explained “This plant represents the industry’s contribution in building a greener future and a sustainable economy for South Africa. It is a step forward for industry, government and civil society, a tangible outcome that addresses key waste management issues, encourages self-regulation and promotes job creation”.
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