ALPLA Group, a plastic packaging company, has announced a strategic partnership with Re-Purpose to boost its polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic recycling in Africa.  

ALPLA is investing €60m ($65.25m) to develop its first PET recycling facility in Africa. 

The 90,000m² recycling plant is located in Ballito, in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal.  

The facility, expected to commence operations in early 2025, will produce more than 35,000 tonnes (t) of recycled PET annually.  

This collaboration merges ALPLA’s recycling proficiency with Re-Purpose’s innovative reverse logistics, focusing on developing solutions that promote the circular economy and job creation in KwaZulu-Natal and potentially across South Africa. 

Re-Purpose will enhance its baling centres and establish new ones to facilitate PET bottle collection, assisting ALPLA in creating a strategic supplier base for PET bottle bales.  

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The partnership aims to gather 5,000t of PET monthly by 2026, necessary for the recycling plant’s full capacity.  

ALPLA recycling division managing director Dietmar Marin said: “We are thrilled to partner with Re-Purpose to accelerate our journey towards a more sustainable future. 

“This collaboration allows us to expand our portfolio of packaging solutions made from recycled PET material, offering our customers in the region innovative alternatives that align with their sustainability goals.”

Based in Durban, South Africa, Re-Purpose is a post-consumer plastic waste reverse logistics provider with four material recovery facilities in KwaZulu-Natal.  

The company’s expertise in baling and collection model development will support and contribute to the partnership’s success. 

The collaboration is set to drive the development and adoption of sustainable packaging solutions, benefiting businesses, consumers, and the environment.  

Re-Purpose founder and managing director Bevlen Sudhu said: “By combining ALPLA’s extensive recycling experience with our reverse collection model, we are expanding the circular economy and supporting manufacturers in achieving the required EPR [extended producer responsibility] targets.”  

Earlier this month, ALPLA and beverage producer Refriango inaugurated their second in-house plant at the Refriango site in Viana, Angola.