You can now return plastic bottles
For decades the returning of glass fizzy drink bottles for a small deposit has been a thing in South Africa and now you can return plastic bottles to help save the environment.
Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa announced it’s rolling out returnable 2-Litre plastic bottles to more parts of the county, after being successful in the Eastern Cape last year.
The returnable bottles will be available in Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga. This initiative will be introduced to other provinces over a period of five years.
Every returnable bottle will have the word “RETURNABLE” printed on a small green strip that is going to be in the front side of the bottle. For each bottle you return you get a R9 deposit, this means if it costs R20, you will only pay R11.
“The consumer’s response to the new returnable PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) bottles has been overwhelmingly positive. We have seen customers in the Eastern Cape opting to switch over to purchasing the returnable bottles and returning them after consumption. After each bottle reaches the end of its usable life-cycle, it joins a regional manufacturing value chain which ultimately means less pollution in the environment”, said CCBSA MD Velaphi Ratshefola to theSouthafrican.com.
“We are committed to increasing recycled material in our packaging and ensuring more packaging is collected and recycled. The roll out of reusable PET plastic bottles is another way we can support a circular economy in South Africa,”added Ratshefola.