JOHANNESBURG – National recycling experts theSouth African PET Recycling Company (PETCO) announced its 2019 recycling champions – which are people and organisations making strides in sustainability at the grassroots level across the nation.
The annual awards were made across 11 categories, with Western Cape winners scooping nine awards, followed by Gauteng with two, and one each from the Northern Cape, Eastern Cape and Limpopo.
Recipients varied from a nine-year-old eco-warrior to a recycler who overcame three fires on her premises and an award-winning consumer journalist.
PETCO chief executive officer Cheri Scholtz said the organisation’s greatest asset was “the remarkable network of partners we work with every day.”
Scholtz said the 98 649 tonnes of PET plastic bottles recycled in 2018 had only been achieved through their collective dedication and efforts, enabling PETCO to expand its collection network, build relationships with recyclers, and seek new opportunities to develop and support entrepreneurs.