Sep 23, 2010
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But this does not need to be the case. Its 100% recyclable - and this is what is happening at the Extrupet facility in Wadeville. A green industry, creating jobs where PET drinking bottles, and HDPE detergent and milk bottles are recycled.
The plastic waste is brought in by waste collection companies. Bales are loosened and the bottles go through a sieve to shake off as much dirt as possible. Then the high-tech process starts. Bottles are sorted into types of plastic and colour, and PVC in the form of labels and lid liners is removed.
The bottles are chopped and washed, and move through a flotation chamber to once again separate any remaining PVC.
The dry, clean chopped PET flakes are then heated. In molten form the PET is run through a filtration system and emerges looking like strands of translucent spaghetti. This is passed through water to cool. Finally the strands are cut into pellets resembling glass beads, bagged and ready for transport.
Recycled PET is then supplied to manufacturers of polyester staple fibre, filament yarn, geotextiles producers and industrial fabrics, strapping sheeting and non food grade bottles.
And now, Extrupet has a highly-specialised facility to produce recycled PET for use in food-grade plastic manufacture. It is the only such facility in Africa, and already, demand for the product has been fully taken up by customers.
Extrupet also uses polyolephins from the process to create plastic profiles for wooden applications such as pallets, bollards and furniture.
Through the process the company is proving that used plastic is not waste, and recycling it is assisting the environment, making useful products and creating much-needed jobs in South Africa.
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