PET stands for Polyethylene Tetraphthalate and like PP, is widely recycled in South Africa and has many downstream uses for new products if recycled properly.
According to PETCO, a company leading Extended Producer Responsibility for PET bottles in South Africa, “PET packaging can be made from up to 100% recycled PET, recapturing both the material and the inherent energy of the original package. It can also be recycled multiple times.”
There is a well established circular economy for PET in South Africa making it one of the most sustainable polymers. Please follow the proper recycling guidelines and look out for recycling code number 5 to distinguish PP from other plastics.