Posts Tagged ‘PET’

Africa’s First Bottle-to-Bottle Recycling Plant Opens

Posted by GlobalPSC at 2:04 pm, May 29th, 2015Comments1

Africa Wadeville 3 Bagging stationAfrica’s first bottle-to-bottle recycling plant was officially opened this May by Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa in Wadeville, Johannesburg. The plant is the first in Africa to use a Coca-Cola approved technology for carbonated soft drink bottles, thus enabling closing the loop in the biggest sector of the beverage market.

The 3,000 square metre PhoenixPET plant installed by Extrupet will supply an additional 14,000 tonnes of PET resin per year to the PET packaging industry. It will eventually divert an additional 22,000 tonnes of post-consumer PET bottles from landfills. The plant involves investment of R75 million.

Minister Molewa was joined at the opening ceremony by notable guests from government and the PET industry including (L-R): Ravi Chanrai (Extrupet), Therese Gearhart (Coca-Cola Southern Africa), Laju Chanrai (Extrupet), Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa, Her Excellency Ruchi Ghanashyam (Indian High Commission), Cheri Scholtz (CEO of PETCO and GlobalPSC Advisory Group member), Vijay Naidoo (Extrupet), Randhir Jaiswal (Indian High Commission) and Chandru Wadhwani (Extrupet).

Wadeville Opening

PETCO CEO Cheri Scholtz notes, ‘The cooperation within the PET industry to reach a common goal of integrating recycling into product life cycles is showing very notable results: we have reached a point where 49% of all post-consumer PET bottles are currently recycled – no less than 1.5 billion bottles were recycled in 2014, supporting 44,000 informal income opportunities in PET collection’.

 

GlobalPSC Member – PET Recycling Company (PETCO)

Posted by GlobalPSC at 9:18 am, June 24th, 2014Comments6

PETCO_Logo_smallPETCO is the trading name of the PET Recycling Company (Pty) Ltd and represents the South African plastic industry’s proven joint effort to self-regulate post-consumer Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) recycling.

PETCO is financed by a voluntary recycling levy paid by converters on PET resin purchased. PETCO also receives grants from brand owners and resin producers.

Support for PET recycling efforts ensures an on-going monetary value for post-consumer PET. This sustains collection interest and reduces the volume of post-consumer PET in the waste stream.

On-going consumer and public education and awareness activities promote environmental responsibility and encourage PET recycling. By taking responsibility for post-consumer PET recycling, PETCO imposes accountability over the entire life cycle of PET products and packaging. This means that companies that manufacture, import and/or sell PET products and packaging are financially and physically responsible for such products after their useful life. In the case of post-consumer PET, this responsibility has been delegated to a third party, namely PETCO, who fulfils the PET industry’s role of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). EPR promotes the integration of environmental costs associated with PET products throughout their life cycle into the market costs of the products and shifts responsibility for the used container from government to private industry.

PETCO’s MISSION

PETCO aims to minimise the environmental impact of post-consumer PET on the South African landscape by:

• Achieving sustainable growth in PET plastic recycling;

• Supporting existing and encouraging new PET collection and recycling networks; and

• Promoting consumer education and awareness programmes.

PETCO CEO Cheri Scholtz serves as a member of the GlobalPSC Advisory Group.

For a nice look at some of the people helping to increase PET recycling in South Africa and the approaches they use, see the video below.

 

Product Stewardship Institute Spring / Summer Webinar Series

Posted by GlobalPSC at 9:34 am, March 15th, 2012Comments0

13th Networking Webinar Series 

May 2012 – June 2012

Register now for the Product Stewardship Institute’s Spring/Summer webinar series! Topics include Local Government Perspectives on the Transition to EPR, Emerging Options for Simplified Lifecycle Analyses, Coke’s PlantBottle Packaging, Evaluating New York’s E-waste Program, and Voluntary and Mandatory Product Stewardship Programs.

  1. Making the Change: Local Government Perspectives on the Transition to EPR
  2. Lifecycle Flashing Before Your Eyes: Emerging Options for Simplified Lifecycle Analyses and Their Role in Product Stewardship
  3. One Year Later: Evaluating New York’s E-waste Program
  4. Voluntary and Mandatory Product Stewardship Programs — Finding the balance between government regulation and private sector initiative
  5. Coke’s PlantBottle Packaging – Changing the Way We View Product Impacts

PSI’s webinar registration fees have changed. For more information on registration and fees, contact PSI.


Making the Change: Local Government Perspectives on the Transition to EPR
Wednesday, May 9 2:00-3:30 PM EST/11:00-12:30 PM PST
Overview: Producer responsibility laws not only change the way waste management is financed but also change the roles played by all key stakeholders. This webinar will explore changes in local government agency roles following the implementation of U.S. stewardship laws on electronics and paint, and in British Columbia on a range of products, including packaging and printed materials. With the shifting of financial and management responsibility, producers naturally seek greater control of the system to reduce costs and achieve performance goals. On this webinar, speakers will explore how their roles are evolving or have changed pertaining to contracting for services, education of residents, collection of materials, and other key factors. They will also discuss how the roles changed for manufacturers, retailers, and other key stakeholders. In addition, these officials will provide suggestions to other local governments facing similar transitions, and discuss the challenges they faced in relinquishing control to manufacturers while maintaining their regulatory and oversight role. 

Moderator: Scott Cassel, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Product Stewardship Institute

Speakers:

  • Karen Fiedler, Solid Waste Supervisor, Waukesha County, Wisconsin
  • Monica Kosmack, Program Manager – Zero Waste Planning, City of Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Donald Maglienti, Program Coordinator, Addison County Solid Waste Management District, Vermont

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Lifecycle Flashing Before Your Eyes: Emerging Options for Simplified Lifecycle Analyses and Their Role in Product Stewardship
Tuesday, May 22 2:00-3:30 PM EST/11:00-12:30 PM PST
Overview: Lifecycle assessment (LCA) is a technique used to assess environmental impacts associated with all the stages of a product’s life from-cradle-to-grave, and provides a method to measure the ecological footprint of a particular product or service. The typical LCA is time and resource-intensive, and is often performed confidentially by an individual company or association. Several organizations are seeking to make the process more transparent and accessible by consolidating data, creating generic assessments for “prototype” products, and reducing the time and resources required. On this webinar, three national experts will present their unique approaches to LCA and discuss the relative merits and opportunities. The goal of the webinar is to make LCA more accessible to policy makers and those interested in learning more about how to apply these emerging tools. 

Moderator: Scott Cassel, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Product Stewardship Institute

Speakers:

  • Jo Anne Shatkin, Chief Executive Officer, CLF Ventures
  • Greg Norris, Founder and Director, Sylvatica
  • Kevin Dooley, Academic Director, The Sustainability Consortium

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One Year Later: Evaluating New York’s E-waste Program
Tuesday, June 5 2:00-3:30 PM EST/11:00-12:30 PM PST
Overview: When New York passed the nation’s 22nd state producer responsibility law in 2010, those working on legislative language had the benefit of lessons learned from other states and many viewed the law as among the most progressive in the nation to date. In the spring of 2012, data will be released on the program’s first year of implementation. This webinar will feature prominent players that made this law possible, and will cover a wide range of perspectives from representatives of an electronics manufacturer, state government, local government, electronics recycler, and a national environmental group. These panelists will reflect on the choices made during the passage of the legislation, the outcome of the law after one year, and changes they would recommend for program refinement in the future. 

Moderator: Kate Hagemann, Associate for Policy and Programs, Product Stewardship Institute

Speakers:

  • Mark Moroukian, Environmental Engineer, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Resa Dimino, Consultant (formerly Director of Legislative Programs at WeRecycle!)
  • Kate Sinding, Senior Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
  • Eric Swenson, Superintendent of Environmental Control, Town of Oyster Bay, NY
  • Manufacturer representative, TBA

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Voluntary and Mandatory Product Stewardship Programs—Finding the balance between government regulation and private sector initiative
Thursday, June 14 1:00-2:30 PM EST/10:00-11:30 PM PST
Overview: The producer responsibility approach seeks to engage manufacturers in taking greater financial and management responsibility for reducing the environmental and social impacts of their products over the entire lifecycle. Product stewardship programs can take the form of voluntary industry-driven programs, as well as programs that are regulated. Which achieve better outcomes? Which are most cost effective? Which ones are paving the way forward toward the proper balance between government regulation and free market innovation? Which functions are better for government to manage and which should be the domain of producers? This webinar will explore a controversial topic about which there are many strong opinions. We will hear from those who advocate for all sides of the issue, in the U.S. and Canada. 

Moderator: Scott Cassel, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Product Stewardship Institute

Speakers:

  • Walter Alcorn, Vice President, Environmental Affairs and Industry Sustainability, Consumer Electronics Association
  • Neil Hastie, President and CEO, Encorp Pacific
  • Carl Smith, CEO/President, Call2Recycle
  • Garth Hickle, Product Stewardship Team Leader, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • David Lawes, Analyst – Public Safety and Prevention Initiatives, British Columbia Ministry of Environment
  • Sego Jackson, Principal Planner, Snohomish County, Washington

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Coke’s PlantBottle Packaging – Changing the Way We View Product Impacts
Tuesday, June 26 2:00-3:30 PM EST/11:00-12:30 PM PST

Overview: In 2009, The Coca-Cola Company introduced a breakthrough innovation gloablly that it believes will have a revolutionary impact on the sustainability of commercial plastics. Coca-Cola’s new PlantBottle package contains up to 30 percent plant-based material, which looks, functions, and recycles just like traditional PET plastic, but with a lighter environmental footprint. That plant material replaces approximately one-third of the petroleum-based material that traditionally is used to make PET plastic bottles. In 2011, Coke also announced investments in three technologies it believes can deliver the first commercially viable solution for making the remaining 70% of PET plastic from plants and realizing the company’s vision of a 100% renewable, responsibly sourced and fully recyclable bottle.

This webinar will provide an in-depth focus on all aspects of the PlantBottle packaging supply chain, including material sourcing, manufacture, distribution, and post-consumer recycling. We will explore the lifecycle analysis that evaluated environmental impacts along the entire container supply chain, explore the relationship between this new packaging and Coke’s ongoing commitment to increasing recycling and using post-consumer recycled content in its bottles, and how the PlantBottle relates to the company’s investment in PET recycling plants.

Moderator: Scott Cassel, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Product Stewardship Institute

Speaker: Scott Vitters, PlantBottle Packaging Innovation Platform General Manager, The Coca-Cola Company

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Webinar Fees and Registration Information
  • Webinars are FREE for PSI Full Members and Sustaining Partners
  • PSI Partners pay $60 per webinar
  • Affiliate and Non PSI Members/Partners pay $95 per webinarNot sure if you are a PSI Member or Partner? Please visit the Membership and Partnership Information page to see if you qualify for a discounted rate. Interested attendees must register for each networking webinar separately. Non PSI Members or Partners will be contacted after registration for payment.

Questions? Contact Erin Linsky Graeber, PSI’s Senior Associate of Outreach and Communications at 617-236-4866 or erin@productstewardship.us

 

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