The Eden district is on board for serious recycling and waste minimisation, setting a cool example of the way forward for the Southern Cape area.
“PETCO is delighted to experience the beginning of a working partnership between Eden District and PETCO in our efforts to minimise waste and to encourage recycling in the Southern Cape area,” says the company’s CEO, Cheri Scholtz.
“We value every opportunity to participate in activities and programmes that benefit more effective waste management.”
The Eden District in turn also welcomed PETCO’s support, as it is much needed at local level.
The company participated recently in the Waste Minimisation roadshow in the Eden District Municipality in collaboration with the Bitou, George, Knysna, and Mossel Bay local municipalities.
The roadshow was part of the district’s Waste Minimisation public awareness and education campaign, and was also a marketing opportunity for the waste management industry. PETCO was invited to contribute information about the importance of PET bottles recycling.
The roadshow was open to schools in the area as well as members of the public, and started in Plettenberg Bay on 1 September. It was opened by Ms Belinda Langenhoven from the Western Cape Provincial Government’s Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning (DEA&DP). She reminded participants that it is “everyone’s responsibility to work alongside local government to minimise waste.”
Participating bodies with exhibits ranged from recyclables collectors and green waste processors to waste education information distributors.
The roadshow continued on to Knysna and George, and was concluded by Mr Eddie Hanekom from the DEA&DP, who informed the audience that the Department is now mandated by the Amended Waste Act to support municipalities in their efforts to minimise waste at local level. Mr Hanekom stressed the importance of all stakeholders, including consumers, being actively involved in the process of minimising waste.