Are South Africans masters of recycling and do we know the basics of recycling sustainably?
Recycling glass is said to be far better for the environment and more efficient compared to other packaging products.
Azania sat down with CEO at The Glass Recycling Company Shabeer Jhetam to find out if SA is mastering the sustainable use of glass.
It can be recycled infinitely, that is one of the greatest benefits of glass. You can recycle it indefinitely, it does not affect the quality or purity of the new glass packaging you manufacture. It's an amazing product, it's good.— Shabeer Jhetam, The Glass Recycling Company
Consumers at the end of the day dictate the kind of packaging that brand owners put their product into. We have seen an increase in the demand for glass. A lot of consumers are looking for products packaged in glass because of the health benefits, it's also premium packaging. In South Africa we manufacture almost a million tons of glass packaging...— Shabeer Jhetam, The Glass Recycling Company
Jhetam explains the returnable bottle system in South Africa and what makes it one of the most efficient systems in the world.
An interesting fact in terms of beer, more than 80% of South African beer is packed in returnable bottles and that is one of the highest in the world.— Shabeer Jhetam, The Glass Recycling Company
What happens with that glass is it goes back to the manufacturer, it is aseptically cleaned, washed, sterlizied and filled with new product. South Africa has one of the most efficient returnable systems in the world.— Shabeer Jhetam, The Glass Recycling Company
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This article first appeared on 702 : 'More than 80% of SA beer is packed in returnable bottles'