Africa’s first bottle-to-bottle PET recycling plant has been opened in Wadeville, Johannesburg, South Africa, by the largest PET bottle recycler in South Africa, Extrupet. The 3,000 m² Wadeville plant uses Starlinger (Vienna, Austria) recycling machinery to produce recycled resin suitable for food-contact PET packaging and the carbonated drink sector. The recycled PET (rPET) is sold under Extrupet's brand name PhoenixPET.
The $6 million facility was officially opened back in May by Minister of Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa in Wadeville, Johannesburg. She was joined at the opening ceremony by notable guests from government and the PET industry including Therese Gearhart, President of Coca-Cola Southern Africa, the Joint Managing Director of Extrupet, Chandru Wadhwani and PETCO, the industry body for PET recycling in South Africa.