Ms Albertina Kazaza
16 November 2007
NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT: WASTE BILL
The PET Recycling Company (Pty) Ltd (PETCO) is the plastic industry’s first joint effort to self-regulate post consumer PET recycling. The company is financed by a voluntary recycling levy per ton, which is paid by converters on resin purchased, and grant-in-aid paid to it by brand owners and the resin producers to fulfil their role of extended producer responsibility. Since 2000, post consumer PET recycling has grown from less than 2000 tons per annum to 15,000 tons in 2006. During this period, in excess of a billion bottles of post-consumer PET have been recycled.
PETCO has participated in the public participation hearings and has made submissions to DEAT on the Draft Waste Bill. PETCO has also submitted a draft MOU to DEAT (work shopped together with DEAT on the 21 and 22 February 2006) and we believe that this should be accorded the status of Industry Waste Management Plans (section 7 of the Bill).
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to express our views
(ACTING) GENERAL MANAGER