The collection and recycling of post-consumer rPET is now even more economically viable.
The recycling of post-consumer polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) in South Africa received a boost with PETCO announcing Kaytech as a Category A partner once again.
Kaytech has been supplying the civil engineering industry with bidim, its non-woven continuous filament needle-punched polyester geotextile, for more than 40 years. Using internationally renowned technology, bidim is manufactured from pellets, produced from recycled PET bottles, which are supplied to Kaytech. With 100% recycled polyester content, the use of this geotextile in a multitude of projects results in a significant amount of post-consumer beverage bottles not reaching landfill.
Cheri Scholtz, chief executive officer of PETCO, says: “Kaytech continues to provide innovative, engineering solutions using recycled PET (rPET) in their products. By doing so, they support the recycling sector by assuring an end-use market for rPET in South Africa. We appreciate Kaytech’s ongoing support and their pioneering approach to developing their product range further – using rPET as a vital technical nutrient in their product and showing that plastic bottles are not trash.”
Other products that Kaytech manufactures from rPET include Rockgrid PC for the reinforcement of walls and slopes and for capping landfills, Sealmac and Sealgrid for the rehabilitation of road surfaces and EnviroRock 3PL for erosion control on beaches.
PETCO aims to minimise the local environmental impact of post-consumer PET by growing PET plastic recycling, supporting PET collection and recycling networks, and promoting consumer education and awareness programmes.
Having signed an agreement with PETCO in 2011, Kaytech has recycled 7 800 tons of rPET in the manufacturing of their geosynthetic products.
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