The rPET pallet from Palletplast was judged the overall winner and also won the Newcomer and Engineering category awards. The pallet was introduced earlier in 2019; it has the potential to use considerable quantities of recycled PET

Recycled Product Awards shine light on industry innovation

THE all-new rPET shipping pallet made manufactured by Palletplast trumped 27 other semi-finalists to win the South African Plastics Recycling Organisation’s Best Recycled Plastic Product Award for 2019.

Dubbed the ‘Oscars of the Plastics Industry,’ the Best Recycled Plastic Product Awards event was held at Workshop17 in the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town on 4 November. The awards recognise and showcase industry innovation and the wide variety of local products that are designed and manufactured using recycled plastics.

With production starting only this year, using used PET trays, coloured bottles and other waste that to date has not been recycled, the Palletplast rPET Pallet won not only the Newcomer Award sponsored by Plastics/SA and Engineering Award, but was honoured as the overall winner, exemplifying innovation in the full value chain and as a product that best showcases the recycling and reuse of post-consumer plastic materials.

A number of other innovative companies achieved recognition in the process, including the recyclers (and also the collectors who these recyclers buy from); the convertors who have had the vision to use the recycled material grades supplied; and – arguably most importantly – the brand owners and retailers who have had the commitment and vision to bring these products to market.