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Oil climbs over 2 percent, shrugs off API’s U.S. crude build – Crude Oil climbs API USA

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Oil climbs over 2 percent, shrugs off API’s U.S. crude build

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Oil prices surged on Wednesday, shrugging off an unexpected build in U.S. crude stockpiles and rebounding from a four-day slump as Russia’s central bank expressed caution on plans to boost oil supply.

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A worker walks at the Sindbad oil field near the Iraqi-Iranian border in Basra, Iraq April 23, 2018. Picture taken April 23, 2018. REUTERS/Essam Al-Sudani

Brent LCOc1 settled up $2.11, or 2.8 percent, at $77.50 a barrel. U.S. crude CLc1 gained $1.48, or 2.2 percent, to $68.21.

Data from industry group American Petroleum Institute (API) showed that U.S. crude inventories rose unexpectedly last week, increasing by 1 million barrels against analyst expectations of a 525,000-barrel decline. [API/S]

Prices were little changed in post-settlement trading despite the surprise stock build.

Oil has been pressured by reports that the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and Russia may ease up on output cuts in place since January 2017. The cuts have driven down global inventories and boosted prices, with global benchmark Brent reaching a 3-1/2-year high of $80.50 a barrel on May 17.

On May 25, sources told Reuters that Saudi Arabia and Russia are discussing raising oil output from OPEC and allied non-OPEC countries by around 1 million bpd.

On Wednesday, however, the Russian central bank said falling oil prices would pose a risk to the country’s financial sector.

“It seems that somebody in the central bank is taking notice of the big drop in oil prices and sending a signal of, ‘Hey, wait a second. We don’t want these prices to fall too far,’” said Phil Flynn, analyst at Price Futures Group in Chicago.

U.S. crude’s discount to Brent WTCLc1-LCOc1 rose to as much as $9.31, with Brent supported as investors worried that U.S. sanctions could be cutting crude supplies from Iran.

“There’s more concern on the Brent side that supply losses from Iran are harder to be made up,” Flynn said.

India’s Reliance Industries Ltd (RELI.NS), owner of the world’s biggest refining complex, plans to halt oil imports from Iran, two sources familiar with the matter said.

In Brazil, the FUP oil workers union said workers had joined the call for a nationwide strike on at least 20 oil rigs in the lucrative Campos basin and other areas of the country.

Protesters are calling for the resignation of Petroleo Brasileiro SA (PETR4.SA) Chief Executive Officer Pedro Parente and a change to company fuel pricing policies. The company said production was not affected. Last week there was a strike by Brazilian truckers over high diesel prices. Ongoing unrest could threaten demand for fuels in Brazil, which U.S. data showed was the No. 8 energy consumer in 2016.

Additional reporting by Alex Lawler, Roslan Khasawneh and Rania El Gamal; Editing by David Gregorio and Marguerita Choy

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Indorama seeking 3-cent price increase on June PET contracts in the US -Polyethylene terephthalate producer Indorama Ventures USA will hike prices on all grades of PET resins in the US effective June 1 – Indorama price increase June PET contracts USA

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Indorama seeking 3-cent price increase on June PET contracts in the US

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Indorama price increase June PET contracts  USAPolyethylene terephthalate producer Indorama Ventures USA will hike prices on all grades of PET resins in the US effective June 1, the company said in a letter to customers obtained by S&P Global Platts Wednesday. The increase is applicable to supplies from Indorama subsidiaries, Alphapet, Starpet and Auriga Polymers, the letter said.

Indorama cited the “continued increase in various costs for the production and supply of PET resin, including the cost of key raw materials” as a driver behind the increase. No other price increases have been announced, though sources anticipated that other sellers would follow given current fundamentals.

Regarding production costs, sources pointed to a 3-cent gain in the May US paraxylene contract, which was heard settled at 51 cents/lb and its associated impact on PTA as a driver for the price increase. While no PTA settlement was heard, sources expected PTA contracts to rise in concert with PX. Additionally, PET production costs saw upward pressure from stronger MEG prices, which were last assesssed 46-47 cents/lb.

PET supply has contracted in the past year, largely due to disruptions associated with M&G polymers financial woes. As a result of those financial issues, the company was forced to shutter and sell off its 360,000 mt/year PET unit at Apple Grove, West Virginia.

The company also halted construction on its 1.1 million mt/year PET project at Corpus Christi. Sources said that the West Virginia plan was expected to come back online in in the third quarter, but this was not the only supply constraint. Sources said imports have been curbed following a decision by the US Department of Commerce to impose preliminary anti-dumping duties on several countries including South Korea, Pakistan, Brazil and Indonesia.

Conversely, sources characterized the seasonal demand for PET as strong with the onset of the summer bottling season in the US. Spot PET prices were last heard in the low to mid-80s cents/lb range on a DDP West Coast basis.

–Kevin Allen, kevin.allen@spglobal.com

–Edited by Derek Sands, derek.sands@spglobal.com

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S Korea’s S-Oil nominates June paraxylene Asian contract price at $1,130/mt -South Korea’s S-Oil nominated their June paraxylene Asian Contract Price at $1,130/mt, making the range of offers for the June contract at $1,080-$1,130/mt – South Korea SOil paraxylene Asian

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S Korea’s S-Oil nominates June paraxylene Asian contract price at $1,130/mt

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South Korea SOil paraxylene Asian South Korea’s S-Oil nominated their June paraxylene Asian Contract Price at $1,130/mt, making the range of offers for the June contract at $1,080-$1,130/mt, a source close to the matter said Wednesday.

S-Oil joins Japan’s JXTG Nippon Oil and Energy in its nomination at $1,130/mt, while South Korea’s SK Global Chemical and ExxonMobil have both nominated at $1,080/mt.

Idemitsu Kosan’s nomination at $1,120/mt completes the list of nominations.

The April and May ACP negotiations failed to result in a settlement, while the March ACP resulted in a major settlement at $975/mt.

There are five PX ACP sellers in Asia: Japanese companies JXTG Nippon and Idemitsu Kosan, South Korean companies S-Oil and SK Global Chemical, and US major ExxonMobil.

Typically there have been seven ACP buyers: BP, Taiwan’s Capco and Oriental Petrochemical (Taiwan) Corp., Japanese companies Mitsui Chemicals and Mitsubishi Chemical, and China’s Yisheng Petrochemical and Jiangsu Shenghong Chemical Fiber Co.

–Rohan Menon, rohan.menon@spglobal.com

–Edited by Pankti Mehta, pankti.mehta@spglobal.com

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Braskem develops bio-based flexible packaging for Scotts Canada’s new product – The new sustainable packaging, which utilizes Braskem’s I’m greenT polyethylene (PE) biopolymer, has been developed by Braskem in cooperation with Scotts and flexible packaging solutions provider Peel Plastic Products – Braskem biobased flexible packaging

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Braskem develops bio-based flexible packaging for Scotts Canada’s new product

PKBR Staff WriterBraskem, a producer of thermoplastic polyolefins, has developed a new bio-based flexible packaging for Scotts Canada’s Scotts Turf Builder with Root-TrientsT product.

Braskem biobased flexible packaging Scotts Canada, a subsidiary of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, is engaged in providing lawn and garden as well as hydroponic growing products.

The new sustainable packaging, which utilizes Braskem’s I’m greenT polyethylene (PE) biopolymer, has been developed by Braskem in cooperation with Scotts and flexible packaging solutions provider Peel Plastic Products.

The I’m greenT Polyethylene (PE), also known as Green plastic, is a bio-based polymer made from a renewable and sustainably sourced raw material, ethanol, produced from Brazilian sugarcane.

The recyclable Green plastic also helps in absorbing CO2 from the air, thus reducing the impact of global warming.

Braskem said that the integration of bioplastic packaging material derived from renewable source supports Scotts’ commitment to environmental sustainability.

Scotts Canada marketing director Glenn Martin said: “At Scotts, we see it as our responsibility to continually find ways to improve the environmental sustainability of our products and packaging.

“This partnership has allowed us to take another step in that direction and we are proud to be the first in lawn and garden to bring this packaging to the market.

“It also compliments our new Turf Builder with Root-TrientsT formula which combines our high-performance lawn food with rich organic material in Scotts’ patented All-in-One Particle.”

Since the I’m greenT PE retains the same properties, performance and application versatility of fossil fuel derived polyethylene, it is said to be ideal drop-in substitute for conventional oil-based polyethylene.

Braskem North America Renewables team commercial manager Joe Jankowski said: “By utilizing Braskem’s I’m greenT PE, Scotts’ is aligning their more sustainable approach to the external packaging with the increased organic content inside the package.

“Overall, consumers are increasingly looking for products that help reduce their environmental footprint, and we are excited work with Scotts and Peel Plastics to meet that rising demand.”


Image: The Scotts Turf Builder with Root-TrientsT product packaging. Photo: courtesy of Braskem.

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Sumitomo (SHI) Demag chooses Piovan as a preferred partner – Sumitomo (SHI) Demag Piovan preferred partner

Sumitomo (SHI) Demag chooses Piovan as a preferred partner

Sumitomo (SHI) Demag Piovan preferred partner During a press conference held today at Plast 2018, Japanese-German manufacturer of injection molding machines Sumitomo (SHI) Demag announced that it has selected Piovan as the preferred supplier of peripheral technology and auxiliary equipment.

Both companies will continue to operate as independent suppliers, catering to different markets, with the Piovan Group supplying its downstream technology and Aquatech cooling systems to other injection molding machine manufacturers.

Sumitomo (SHI) Demag sceglie Piovan come partner preferenziale

In occasione della conferenza stampa del 30 maggio a Plast 2018, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag (padiglione 24, stand D162 a Plast 2018) ha ufficializzato la partnership con Piovan (padiglione 24, stand B71/C72), avviata alla fine del 2017, scelto come fornitore preferenziale di sistemi ausiliari per le proprie presse a iniezione. Lo scopo della partnership è quello di assicurare ai trasformatori soluzioni per lo stampaggio a iniezione basate sempre sulla stessa unica fonte di fornitura. Inoltre, entrambi i partner uniranno le proprie forze per sfruttare meglio le potenzialità di segmenti quali l’imballaggio industriale e, in particolare, di applicazioni a parete sottile e tappi e chiusure.

La collaborazione si rivolgerà inizialmente ai mercati europei, per espandersi in seguito gradualmente alle altre regioni a livello globale.

“Piovan è un partner perfetto perché offre un portafoglio completo di tecnologie ausiliarie con un elevato livello di qualità e prestazioni e dispone di una rete tecnico-commerciale di reale portata globale”, ha dichiarato Gerd Liebig, CEO di Sumitomo (SHI) Demag.

“Con le loro rispettive competenze, entrambi i costruttori sapranno sostenersi vicendevolmente, poiché le loro esigenze in termini di tecnologia, qualità e prestazioni, così come l’attenzione ai propri clienti, sono le stesse”, ha aggiunto Filippo Zuppichin, managing director di Piovan.

Già a Chinaplas e a NPE varie macchine erano in funzione con ausiliari Piovan, selezionati per assecondare le stringenti esigenze delle applicazioni dimostrative proposte in tali occasioni. Anche a Plast 2018, la tecnologia Piovan viene installata su tutte le macchine esposte da Sumitomo (SHI) Demag, socì come d’ora in avanti avverrà a tutte le principali fiere di settore internazionali.

Nonostante la stretta collaborazione, le due società continueranno comunque a operare come fornitori indipendenti in differenti mercati. Il gruppo Piovan con i propri brand continuerà a fornire attrezzature e servizi a altri produttori di macchine per lo stampaggio a iniezione.

Source : MACPLAS

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Aseptically Bottling Drinks in Pet Bottles Unlocks Sokpol’s Success – With over 400 employees, the family company Sokpol is one of the top Polish co-packers, producing sensitive beverages like nectars, fruit juices, vegetable juices and teas in carton, glass, and PET containers – Bottling Drinks Pet Bottles Sokpol Success

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Aseptically Bottling Drinks in Pet Bottles Unlocks Sokpol’s Success

A Polish family company surfing on the beverage growth

Bottling Drinks Pet Bottles Sokpol Success With over 400 employees, the family company Sokpol is one of the top Polish co-packers, producing sensitive beverages like nectars, fruit juices, vegetable juices and teas in carton, glass, and PET containers. “Since the company was established in 1992, the Polish market has developed fantastically well. Today, the food and drinks segment has sped up considerably. A lot of shops opened and many big discounter chains appeared everywhere to serve the local demand”, explains Roman Sobczyk, President of Sokpol. “Since the beginning, our strategy is to support private beverage labels. They represent 80% of our business today and they require a very high level of product quality and flexibility.”

While becoming the number one player in Poland in the private label sector – based on its production capacity and quality – Sokpol has started to develop its own brand and new product recipes, benefitting from its own concentrate production factory. Three quarters of the company’s overall production is delivered to the Polish market, serving all the international hard-discount chains as well as some German, Portuguese and French retailer brandsm, based locally. Sokpol also exports to Bulgaria, Romania, and other countries, and even to the US. 

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Aseptic PET bottling, the obvious choice

25 years ago, Sokpol started producing its beverages in carton and glass, which were very popular packaging materials in Poland at the time. Since then, it had to quickly adapt its production to the changing market demand. “As the consumers’ expectations have been changing rapidly over the two decades, we started producing our drinks aseptically in PET bottles in 2008. We wanted to delete preservatives from the beverages, while taking full advantages of the PET bottle marketing assets and design freedom – something the carton package could not offer. We also needed full production flexibility to handle all types of beverages and bottle formats. At this stage, we chose Sidel as no other competitor could propose the same aseptic PET filling technology. This was a crucial point in our history, as we were the first to introduce sensitive beverages without preservatives in PET bottles to the Polish market. Now, we can bottle all the products we were previously packaging in carton in PET – with no limitation”, explains Roman.

The fact that Sokpol is largely recognised for the beverage quality it provides is explained by Jerzy Urbanski, CEO at Sokpol: “When we are talking about aseptically filling any juice, nectar or tea in PET bottles, the production conditions are extremely demanding as food safety is key. We need to ensure complete beverage integrity to deliver the final good product, which everyone expects.” He continues, “Ten years ago, we were thinking PET was the best packaging solution. After the installation of three aseptic complete PET lines during the last decade, billions of bottles produced, and our business growing, we are completely convinced this is the right choice. We can credit this success to three crucial points: excellent water quality, the best technical equipment, and our people.” 

A huge and flexible production capacity

Today, Sokpol produces around one million packages a day and supplies a wide beverage portfolio. By featuring many different flavours and recipes, package types and formats, representing over 500 Stock Keeping Units (SKUs) in total, it is perfectly established to answer any consumer demand. “More than 50% of our SKU production is bottled in PET and this figure is constantly increasing for simple reasons: you can see the drink inside the PET bottle, you easily open and close it. You can achieve practically an unlimited number of shapes, which offers great package differentiation”, adds Jerzy. To be successful, the company is taking into consideration the changing market demands to quickly adapt its production in terms of beverages’ recipe, bottle and cap shapes, production volume, and shipping conditions.

Sokpol is able to serve this growing market thanks to the huge production capacity offered by the three aseptic PET lines, provided by Sidel during the past ten years. Two lines are running at 15,000 bottles per hour each, whereas the third line is running faster, producing over 30,000 bottles per hour. “To answer an ever-shifting market and offer even more relevant and cost-effective solutions, we have to be very flexible. For instance, we initially delivered our beverages on European pallets, whereas today we deliver them on half pallets and even smaller ones. In some cases, we pack different beverages’ types on the same pallet, as the mass retailers want to diversify their drinks offer in a quite limited distribution space.”

A safe and simple aseptic packaging solution

When it comes to its investment in PET packaging equipment, Sokpol was truly visionary and innovative. In 2008, they pioneered in acquiring an aseptic PET packaging line from Sidel but not just any aseptic line. “This was the first aseptic line with the Sidel dry preform sterilisation in Europe and the second one worldwide,” Blazej Pluta, Member of the Sokpol Board and responsible for Investments, comments proudly. “With the Aseptic Combi Predis™, we can safely and simply produce any extended shelf life beverage without preservatives, offering great advantages from a health and marketing point of view.” After some months of operating and learning this new industrial production set-up, Sokpol was convinced of the efficiency and the simplicity of the solution with no need of complex aseptic blowing. The best demonstration of this trust was the repeated orders for this Sidel aseptic technology. “With the dry preform sterilisation before the oven, nothing can go wrong. Within the past 10 years, zero unsterile bottles occurred.”

The Sokpol management team also considered many other advantages of this technology. “Traditional bottle decontamination consumes a huge amount of water, whereas the dry preform sterilisation system requires no water and very few chemicals, representing the best solution in terms of environmental footprint and cost in our opinion.” To complete this approach, the company is now considering to lightweight its bottles. “We are really well prepared to decrease the bottle weight with the great lightweighting potential Predis offers. We also implemented a nitro-dosing system on our three aseptic lines to ensure a better bottle performance and a better consumer experience when handling it”. As Sokpol is constantly looking for any improvement opportunity in order to increase its business performances, it implemented a new raw material magazine, a new automatic warehouse, an automatic picking station and mixing station and that is not all. “During the next three years, we are planning to double our production capacity. Our competitors do not sleep, so we have to be ready in the next years to increase and diversify our production, while improving our efficiency.”

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The collaboration with Sidel, a good insurance for the future

A partnership between two companies is not built in a day. The shared experiences are instrumental in reinforcing the needed trust, which is what happened between Sokpol and Sidel concerning packaging line supply, new product and bottle developments, skills sharing, after-sales services, and the collaboration thus achieving today’s top level. Whereas the first aseptic PET line acquired by Sokpol was supplied by two companies, the Polish co-packer decided to rely exclusively upon Sidel for the full delivery scope of the other two lines. “Having one unique supplier was the right decision, as the responsibility for the complete packaging line performance is fully in the hands of a single player. We are really happy with this solution,” explains Jerzy.

Sokpol also awarded some bottle developments to Sidel, from the bottle design to the beverage and package evaluation, from the blowing process tests to detailed technical feasibility reports. “Our Marketing Department works very closely with the Sidel Packaging team to develop new bottle shapes and new beverages’ tastes. We particularly appreciate the understanding of our requests and the very short time needed to develop a project.” Sidel also provided intense periods of training to the Sokpol team at the customer’s production plant. “During two years, we invested a lot of time performing advanced training for our technicians and our maintenance team, together with Sidel. The training sessions held on our equipment in our factory were really well done. This was the best solution to gain experience according to a step-by-step approach. Our skilled employees are now more efficient and can reduce the time required for many activities.

Based on this positive experience, Sokpol already proposed new ideas about how to cooperate with Sidel for advanced technical training in order to achieve better performance and efficiency on their Sidel aseptic PET bottling lines. For example, by using remote control systems to help the maintenance team and solve any problem they may face easily and quickly. In addition, due to the proximity of the local Polish office, the Sidel Services team is there to support Sokpol, whenever it is needed. “The Sidel after-sales department made a huge step forward in providing very reactive and qualitative services. Their technicians are now very quick in solving the questions or issues we are raising. Our collaboration with Sidel is a good insurance for the future; this is a crucial point,” concludes Jerzy.

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Waste problem sustainable packaging recycling programmes

High rates of urbanisation and steady economic growth means waste generation is an ever-increasing issue across sub-Saharan Africa.

Like many other countries in the region, South Africa is under pressure to develop and create the right waste management infrastructure, policies and response to the problem. Everyone needs to come together to help solve it – government, the private sector and civil society.

Of course, it’s tempting to romanticise a world without packaging – surely if we stopped producing, glass, tins and plastic bottles, people and the planet would be better off? But this ignores some of the benefits of food and beverage containers – they help reduce food spoilage and waste, improve affordability of foodstuffs and flexibility of portions, as well as limit the spread of disease. We need to maintain these benefits while striving to continually minimise the impact of waste.

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET), commonly known as the plastic from which most beverage bottles are made, has captured the headlines. Although it is estimated that PET bottles account for less than 18% of plastic waste leaking into the ocean and the environment, they are a very visible part of the issue for consumers and stakeholders, according to a 2015 report Stemming the Tide: Land-based strategies for a plastic-free ocean.

Because it is lightweight, tough, transparent and waterproof, PET has advantages over other packaging materials such as glass (heavier to transport) and tins (more energy intensive to produce). According to the British Plastics Federation, studies have also shown that if plastic packaging had to be replaced by other materials, it would lead to 2.7 times more greenhouse emissions over their lifetime compared with other materials.

Certainly though, more can be done to reduce packaging waste globally. Beverage companies also have to consider new strategies of operating if the packaging problem is to be dealt with sustainably.

Addressing the proliferation of waste in our environment requires a three-pronged approach – designing of more recycling-friendly packaging; improving collection rates; and partnering with other organisations, communities and governments to ensure infrastructure is established, appropriate policies developed and attitudes towards littering and recycling changed.

Coca-Cola’s new packaging vision for a world without waste, fundamentally reshapes the company’s approach to packaging, with a global goal to help collect and recycle the equivalent of 100% of its packaging by 2030.

The first technical aspect being addressed is minimising waste through design – whether it’s using more recycled material in beverage bottles; ensuring that they are 100% recyclable; reducing the amount of plastic in each container (light-weighting); developing plant-based resins; or experimenting with ways to eliminated packaging altogether – the goal is to set a new global standard for beverage packaging.

Other examples include intelligent design such as Coca-Cola’s Eco-Twist bottle, which can be compressed easily to take up less space in the recycle bin and developing a new cap and protective coating for Coca-Cola’s Tiny But Mighty bottle in India to preserve carbonation during transit and extend shelf life. These are some of the ways scientists and packaging buyers are working with innovation labs, environmental experts and mainstream suppliers to develop new, modern packaging that make products more sustainable. These innovations aim to set a new global standard for beverage packaging.

Coca-Cola has also reduced dependence on fossil fuels by introducing the PlantBottle packaging in 2012 in South Africa. It is the first fully recyclable PET plastic bottle made with up to 30% plant-based materials. The goal is to increase the use of sustainable plant-sourced material in our packaging over time.

Refillable packages of all kinds may play a role in offering packaging choice in many markets. These will be evaluated alongside other ways to bring more sustainable choices to the marketplace for consumers.

Improving collection rates is a more complex issue. It requires partnerships with municipalities and suppliers, as well as educating consumers about recycling. Improving the recovery and recycling rates of all packaging requires the collective will and collaboration of everyone – including consumers, government and private sector. Beverage companies need to work closely with bottling partners, local and national authorities, and recycling partners to improve the collection and local recycling rates of cans, plastics and glass bottles.

In 2004, Coca-Cola South Africa funded and co-created the PET Recycling Company (Petco), an industry body that works with government on the behalf of the industry to increase the value of recyclable PET and achieve sustainable growth in the region’s plastic collection system. The partnership has helped build a sustainable recycling industry in the region.

Two world class bottle-to-bottle recycling facilities at Extrupet and MPact, create recycled PET for use in the beverage industry. This has resulted in 45,000 tonnes of PET bottles being diverted from landfills in South Africa each year for reuse in the beverage industry. An estimated 288,000m³ of landfill space has been saved and more than 1,500 new income opportunities have been created through these two investments.

On the ground, there is real progress. As a result of Petco’s efforts, more than two billion PET bottles were collected and recycled in South Africa in 2017 – equating to 5.9 million bottles recycled a day. This injected R966 million into the South African economy through the manufacture of recycled end-use products and helped generate income opportunities for 64 000 South Africans.

The country has seen an increase in recycling rates from single digits in 2000 to 65% in 2017 – rates close to European rates and that exceed United States recycling rates by more than 20%. Against these achievements, aiming for the collection and recycling of the equivalent of 100% of our packaging over the next 12 years seems realistic.

Unlike in developed markets, the recycling industry in Africa is primarily informal and transforming the industry into a more formalised one, while encouraging entrepreneurship and job creation is crucial to increasing collection and recycling rates. This model should be centred on economic inclusion – improving the jobs and conditions that micro-collectors work in – actively moving the collectors up the value chain into more decent work rather than more and more people collecting from landfills and from bins.

To achieve this the private sector needs to work with government to find equitable solutions without unintended consequences. Successful recycling models, such as independent cooperatives that have successfully operated in Brazil, provide a roadmap not only for higher collection rates, but also economic empowerment.

Petco encourages a fairer position for micro-collectors, including ownership to allow for more equitable distribution of profits. Petco also provides training and enterprise development for small, medium and micro-sized enterprises and cooperatives in the recycling industry.

There remains an important gap in the area of collection and that is improving recycling rates among households and residential areas. Education and awareness about littering and recycling remains an important element in improving collection rates.

For example, in the UK a joint research partnership between Coca-Cola, its bottler Coca-Cola Enterprises and anti-litter charity Keep Britain Tidy found young people have different definitions of what litter means. Putting cigarettes down the drain or leaving an empty can on a bench rather than on the ground was not seen as littering. Young people also think it’s less acceptable to litter plastic bottles, compared with cans and glass bottles, because they’re resealable and can be disposed of later. Education and raising awareness of what constitutes litter through short-term campaigns can make a positive difference and inspire people to value and care more for the environment.

In South Africa, Coca-Cola’s School Recycling Programme has been particularly successful, with 597 schools in South Africa committed to collecting at least 1000kg of waste a month, with at least 30% of which had to be PET.

Inspiring entrepreneurship is also a key objective if we are to achieve our goal in South Africa for a world without waste. The Riversands Incubation Hub, for example, empowers and trains women entrepreneurs who design and manufacture clothing and souvenirs from PET billboards and other packaging materials. More than 200 women have benefited from the partnership with Riversands and most of them have started their own clothing businesses.

Building more sustainable packaging and more effective recycling programmes as well as thriving communities through innovative entrepreneurship and job creation holds the key to a a greener future.

• Dr Casper Durandt is head of technical SAF for Coca-Cola Afric

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