South African supermarket giant and Averda partner, Pick n Pay, has officially become a member of MetPac-SA, a producer responsibility organisation for metal packaging and recycling. The group comprises other major brands such as Coca-Cola, AB InBev, Nampak, Nestlé and Distell.
These brands are all producers on metal packaging, ranging from cans and tins to foils and wrappers. Pick n Pay’s decision to join the group will mean that more of the supermarket’s products will be collected and recovered from the waste stream.
Waste items such as Pick n Pay-branded aluminium cans, aerosol canisters, metal caps and foil food packaging will be kept out of South Africa’s landfills. The decision to join the organisation has been lauded by MetPac-SA chief executive officer Kishan Singh.
Pick n Pay sees metal packaging as a valuable resource
“As a leading retailer, we are committed to reducing our impact on the environment and encourage our suppliers and customers to join us on the journey,” says Pick n Pay sustainability general manager Andre Nel.
“We believe it is important to support organisations such as MetPac-SA, who are focused on establishing a circular economy by treating waste as a valuable resource that can be used to address economic, social and environmental challenges,” he explains.
South Africa currently recycles around 76% of its metal packaging waste, but the more large companies and producers that actively try to tackle their waste, the better these rates will be. The industry is aiming to reach 79% by 2021 and 81% by 2023.
MetPac-SA promotes sustainability
MetPac-SA was formed in 2016 and aims to give the metal packaging industry a unified voice when it comes to managing their products. The organisation also hopes to establish the industry as a contributor to sustainability across the entire supply chain of metal products.
The group creates unified commitments on industry waste management plans to which member companies can adhere. MetPac-SA unites manufacturers with suppliers and retailers to promote the benefits of metal packaging while minimising the volume of metal waste that ends up in landfills and the environment.
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