TRI has been established to implement the separation-at-source program in conjunction with the recently commissioned Bon Accord Recycling Centre (BARC) in Pretoria. The initial roll out phase targets 60 000 households in the surrounding feeder areas and has significant potential for the growth of separated collection volumes across all material waste streams, not only polyolefin materials. POLYCO’s funding support will be in the form of operational equipment to optimize TRI’s collection capabilities which will increase the availability of post-consumer recyclate for mechanical recyclers.
“The recycling and separation at source industries need as much support as we can get – particularly in the Gauteng region where it has been very slow to take off. The POLYCO funding reduces the risk for projects of this nature, and enables us to take the much-needed first steps. We are hoping that local governments will follow suit by lending us their support in a practical way, instead of merely talking about it,” says Campbell Barnes of TRI.