Today we don our green hat to honour companies who minimise environmental impact within their supply chains and successfully comply with local and international regulations and green practices throughout their supply chain.
During a gala event four such companies were awarded Enviro Awards by Logistics News at this year’s Logistics Achiever Awards. PETCO was one of the winners for their exceptional work and the inspiring example which they set.
The aim was to recognise ‘professionalism and excellence in the effective application of strategic, tactical, and operational logistics and supply chain management principles, concepts and practices.’
A delighted Cheri Scholtz, CEO of PETCO, said the company’s achievements have been the result of more than a decade of hard work by a committed team and the PET industry.
‘This award is due to the most amazing teamwork from the PET industry who funds all the work we do, the thousands of collectors who retrieve our bottles, the “can-do” recyclers who process this material into new bottles and fibre, many colleagues across industry and government, and of course the hard-working team at PETCO-1is PET.’
She also stressed the importance of environmental responsibility in supply chain management.
‘As the national industry Product Responsibility Organisation responsible for growing the collection and recycling of post-consumer used PET bottles and turning them into recycled PET (rPET) for the manufacture of new products, we are taking a long-term and strategic view that focuses on things that will ultimately support the concept of a circular economy. We are proud to contribute to achieving the stated aims of these awards – in particular to contribute to reducing resource usage, while increasing recycling and re-using of material. Being recognised in this manner for something we believe in is a cherry on the cake for us.’
Circular economy has planned use and re-use of resources
‘A circular economy with its intentional, planned use and re-use of resources in such a way that there is little loss of materials, requires logistics management strategies aimed at closing the manufacturing loop that, by its very nature, links the output of a process with the input of that process. All our activities are aimed at doing exactly this. Indeed, used PET bottles are now increasingly being turned into a range of other consumer and industrial products, and also back into new PET bottles, following recent initiatives by the recyclers to install the relevant technologies and capacity.’
The other three Enviro Awards went to Imperial Health Service, Imperial Retail and UTI Pharma. The award-winning projects will be presented in a Case Study Annual by Logistics News in November.
Petco also sponsored Walking the Daisies at Rocking the Daisies to raise awareness of PET bottle recycling. Lots of bottles are consumed at events: for Petco this is recycling on-the-go, and they are working to change the mind-set of consumers. It’s fine to enjoy your refreshing beverage, but be responsible and dispose of your bottles appropriately – #PlasticBottlesAreNotTrash.