A group of Capetonians will take to the streets of the Mother City this coming Saturday (19 May) as part of a ‘Cape Town City Clean-Up’ expedition that is aimed at getting the streets ready for the 4th annual FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN, a ‘proudly Cape Town’ celebration.
“We were overwhelmed by the support received at the ‘City Clean-Up’ in Johannesburg (FNB Joburg 10K CITYRUN) and Durban (FNB Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN) in 2017, and look forward to hosting our first ‘City Clean-Up’ in Cape Town,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director Stillwater Sports. “We are excited to partner with PETCO and Averda, two specialists in the field of waste management. Under their guidance waste will be collected, sorted and disposed of in the correct manner. The FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN highlights and celebrates the splendour of Cape Town. The ‘City Clean-Up’ is one more way in which we would like to make a difference.”
PETCO is South Africa’s national industry body that is accountable for managing the PET plastic industry’s Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR).
According to Janine Basson, PETCO Stakeholder Relations Manager, PETCO’s mission is to grow the collection and recycling of PET plastic, after consumer use. “PETCO is thrilled to be involved with the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN. Plastic touches us all, whether directly or indirectly. It is imperative that we come together to be part of true sustainability when the opportunity, such as the ‘Cape Town City Clean-Up’ presents itself. We believe that clean-ups have an important role to play in shifting South Africa away from a ‘take-make-dispose’ system to a circular economy by ensuring that valuable resources, such as PET plastic bottles are diverted from landfill and collected for recycling.”
“PET bottles are not ‘single-use’ bottles and are not trash,” continues Basson. “When they are recycled, they are made into new bottles for water or beverages or other useful products such as polyester fibre for duvets and pillows, jeans, t-shirts and re-usable shopping bags. PETCO is sponsoring the bags and gloves for the ‘Cape Town City Clean-Up’. We are also sponsoring spot prizes: t-shirts and caps made from recycled plastic bottles. The t-shirts are manufactured in Cape Town and are made from two thirds recycled plastic bottles, blended with cotton.”