MOSCOW (MRC) -- South African plastics recycler Extrupet is to add a fourth food-grade recycled polyethylene terephthalate (R-PET) line at its facility in Cape Town, said the company.
The fourth facility will increase the company’s recycling capacity by an additional 33,000 tonnes/year according to Chandru Wadhwani, joint managing director at Extrupet. The new facility will bring the company’s total food grade operations capacity to over 60,000 tonnes/year.
Phase 1 of the expansion will cost around South African rand (R)300m (USD20.56m) and is slated for Cape Town and is expected to be fully operational in 2023. Extrupet holds European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) approval for its R-PET to be used in food-contact applications, such as beverage bottles.
“The demand for food-grade recycling keeps on increasing, especially as retailers and consumers alike opt for more environmentally friendly options,” Wadhwani said.
“Currently, only 60% of South Africa’s plastic bottles are recycled. With this increased capacity, we will be able to accommodate more of South Africa’s plastic waste and strengthen South Africa’s position as a circular economy leader in Africa and the world,” Wadhwani added.
Extrupet, which is the first food-grade plastic recycler in South Africa, currently recycles more than five-million PET bottles every day.
The rPET is sold under Extrupet's brand name PhoenixPET, which has received international acclaim and is certified by the European Food Safety Authority, Global Recycled Standard, BRC Packaging at AA rating, and International Standards Organisation 9001:2015.
The company uses global fast-moving consumer goods-approved technology to recycle PET bottles into resin for reuse in new carbonated soft drink bottles. Other prominent clients include major food and beverage companies, convertors and retailers.
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