Bottled water puts pressure on Cape Town recycling

A couple of months ago when Day Zero looked like a harsh reality, Capetonians stocked up on bottled water. Now with Day Zero being pushed out to next year, all this bottled water is being consumed and the plastic bottles discarded creating above normal plastic waste. A high percentage of this plastic is being sent to recyclers, resulting in Cape Town plastic recycling facilities reaching full capacity. Rather than redirect this plastic to landfills, Woolworths has sponsored the transport of 500,000 plastic bottles to a Gauteng recycling facility.

PET plastic bottles on an 18 m flatbed superlink truck sponsored by Woolworths

“With increased bottled water sales in the Cape Town area we realised that this would put additional pressure on local recycling facilities. South African National Bottle Water Association and the PET Recycling Company (PETCO) confirmed this and approached us for assistance. We didn’t want these bottles to be redirected to landfills or end up on our streets so we offered to cover the costs to transport these bottles to Extrupet’s larger Gauteng recycling facility,” responded Feroz Koor, Woolworths Holdings Group Head of Sustainability.

500 000 squashed PET plastic bottles heading to Gauteng for recycling curtsy of Woolworths.

”We welcome this support from Woolworths as 500,000 plastic bottles equate to approximately 20 tons of plastic that has arrived at our Gauteng facility for processing and recycling back into Woolworths food packaging,“ confirmed Chandru Wadhwani, Joint Managing Director for Extrupet and PETCO board member.

 

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