Recycling SMMEs around South Africa recently received an early Christmas gift which will aid them in their hard work to rid the environment of plastic pollution.
The gifts came in the form of 1,500 recycling bulk bags collectively worth R130,000 and were thanks not to Saint Nick, but rather to Safripol – a national company which manufactures high-density polyethylene and polypropylene plastic.
The distribution of the bags was overseen by PETCO, which is responsible for PET plastic bottle recycling in South Africa. The one tonne capacity bags will be used by collectors to store and transport their recyclables.
“We have a list of collectors that apply for assistance or sponsorship from PETCO and also work through our provincial government partners and some schools,” explained PETCO collections and training project manager, Belinda Booker.
“This valuable donation helps collectors to store their recyclables and build up their volumes, as recyclers do not buy small quantities at a time. The Safripol donation has made a huge difference, as it assists us to help collectors beyond our annual collection project support budget.”
The bags were distributed throughout South Africa, aligning with PETCO’s equipment support strategy and reflecting the importance of PETCO’s support for grassroots recycling efforts. Booker said that while the effect of bulk bags may seem inconsequential to some consumers, to collectors on the ground they were a massive help.
“Any drive keeping plastic pollution out of the environment is a good thing,” she said. “This donation helps us live up to our ongoing promise of supporting and uplifting PET collectors and our members in the simplest way possible – by allowing the bulk bag recipients to easily store collected recyclable materials.
Recipient Menzi Bhengu, of M & S Green Solutions in Pinetown, said: “We were desperate to find a way to store our recyclables and were delighted with the donation of 24 bags. PETCO and Safripol have made a huge difference to our operation.”
Mogomotsi Msumba, of WTCEWR Recycling in Soweto, said that the donation of 20 bags made his role in recycling “a whole lot easier”.
“We always have a desperate need of bags in which to store collected items and this donation could not have come at a better time,” Msumba said.