2021 REVIEW OF PETCO ACTIVITIES
For the first time in South Africa’s history, Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) regulations were introduced for the paper and packaging sector, resulting in significant change as the sector prepared for a legislated environment.
Although already operating in a manner largely consistent with the requirements of the regulations, PETCO was not spared from the need for change. Minor alterations were introduced to ensure that we are well positioned to take EPR to new heights within this novel mandatory EPR environment.
2021 is the 17th year that the PET Recycling Company NPC (trading as PETCO) has published this review.
It provides a detailed overview of the collection and recycling of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) packaging in South Africa.
PETCO is a registered Producer Responsibility Organisation (PRO) that was founded in 2004 as an industry-driven and financed initiative to support the recycling of post-consumer polyethylene terephthalate (PET) in South Africa. With almost two decades of experience in this landscape, we have steadily increased the collection for recycling rate of PET from just 16% in 2005 to 63% in 2021.
PETCO uses member-generated funds to invest in the collection and recycling value chain and pay PET recyclers who purchase and recycle PET plastic waste into an end-use for which there is demand. This financial support then makes its way down the value chain, thereby increasing the earnings of informal waste collectors. Our activities enable members to assume Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), taking responsibility for PET products across their entire life cycle, which is now mandatory in South Africa.