Local company’s hitech recycling plant to reduce bottle waste

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A local company has gone an extra mile in cutting costs in the manufacturing of PET bottles and at the same time doing its best possible part to reduce the carbon footprint.

Mpact Polymers has opened a manufacturing plant for recycled raw material, rPET, which is used in manufacturing new PET bottles. Recycled from previously used PET bottles, rPET is a substitute for virgin PET, which derived from crude oil and is considered a more environmentally friendly alternative.

 Speaking at the recent opening of the plant, Deputy Trade and Industry, Minister Mzwandile Masina, said income opportunities will be created through an estimated 1,000 jobs, as there will be greater demand for collectors, small businesses and buy-back centres, which will assist Mpact in reaching its collection targets.

On behalf of his company, Kallie Albertse, GM at Mpact Plastics’ Wadeville plant, said the company’s environmental strategy focused on increasing the use of rPET to reduce carbon footprint, reducing waste to landfill, managing energy use and developing lightweight preforms, bottles and jars.

 Albertse further commented: “The use of world-class technology is a competitive strength of Mpact Plastics, enabling the company to achieve its environmental strategy goals and improve the quality and efficiency of production. All Mpact’s operations in the plastics business are ISO 9001 compliant and accredited.”

 The R350m plant located in Wadeville, Germiston is the first in Africa to meet The Coca-Cola Company’s full certification for PET bottles to package the company’s soft drinks. The operation’s recycling process complies with European Union Food Safety Authority specifications.

At the plant, Mpact Polymers will process 29,000 tonnes of post-consumer PET bottles diverted from landfills each year, to produce 21,000 tonnes of rPET for food and beverage packaging. About 186,000m3 of landfill space will be saved annually as a result, while CO2 emissions will be reduced by about 53,000 tonnes each year.

The new operation enjoys the backing of the departments of environmental affairs, trade and industry and economic development in promoting job creation, reducing waste to landfill and improving rPET production that will help to reduce the carbon footprint of the food and beverage industry. The plant has also brought benefits to sister company Mpact Plastics, which obtains all its rPET from the new Mpact Polymers operation.

British Retail Consortium certified, Mpact Plastics is one of SA’s largest PET converters, manufacturing both preforms and bottles for the carbonated soft drinks, food and beverage markets, as well as a leading player in the wide-mouth PET jar market, and a market leader in hot-fill technology for PET bottles.

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