Our School Cares
The Our School Cares Programme invites schools from all areas to adopt-a-beach/open space/park/river/canal in their area and over a period of time the learners transform these spots from once littered areas back to environmentally friendly vicinity.
The programme is a fun, participatory and meaningful way in which students in our communities learn more about their environments and a way in which business can acknowledge schools’ contributions to improving the environment. This programme also allows learners to demonstrate their ability to make a difference.
Peninsula Beverages is a key supporter of Collect-a-Can, a model which not only provides a regular income to an estimated 37,000 people in the lower income segments, but results in a recovery rate of 70 % in Southern Africa, one of the highest beverage cans recovery rates in the world.
Along with many awards, Collect-a-Can achieved an entry in the Guinness Book of Records for the most number of cans collected from schools in one month.
The Zandvlei Trust was set up to help clear Zandvei in the Westlake Wetlands, of the ever-encroaching water plant threat. The biggest water plant threat to Zandvlei comes from Water Hyacinth. It is considered by some to be the world’s worst invasive aquatic weed. Huge mats of the hyacinth have blocked the Westlake and Keyser’s rivers for several years, but now good work is being carried out by those employed by the Trust with the aid of funds from Peninsula Beverages and others, containing the Hyacinths and making it possible to create a healthy sustainable environment at Zandvlei.
2 litre plastic softdrink bottles are being used in an innovative way to also control the hyacinth.
Thanks to the on going support of PENBEV, the Zandvlei wetlands have shown a vast improvement in terms of the containment of these invading plants.
Keeping warm in recycled bottles
In the middle of a cold and stormy Cape winter, your hollow-fill duvet or thermal underwear might just be made from recycled PET. The PET container is the transparent, rigid plastic bottle used to package bottled water, carbonated soft drinks, sports drinks, water, juice, household cleaners and food trays.
In 2000, PenBev was one of the pioneers in forming the company PETCO, whose sole mission is promoting and improving the waste management and recycling of post consumer PET products on behalf of all stakeholders in the PET industry in South Africa. Discarded PET bottles are collected and sorted.
The sorted bottles are washed and then conveyed to a granulator, where they are reduced to flakes, which are then washed, dried and then extruded into pellets. The pellets form everyday products such as fibre for polyester carpet; fabric for T-shirts, long underwear, athletic shoes, luggage, upholstery and sweaters; fibrefill for sleeping bags and winter coats; industrial strapping, sheet and film; automotive parts; and new PET containers for both food and non-food products.
Turn Green With Action
We have undergone significant changes in many areas of production and distribution and one of the biggest decisions to make PenBev a greener company with a reduced carbon footprint, was the closing of 3 of our factories in Worcester, Athlone and Vredendal over the last 4 years, and are therefore no longer burning fossil fuel, but are now only used as sales and distribution depots.
By rationalising the plants and consolidating our factory we have been able to optimise and increase our capacity, at the same time reducing our carbon footprint.
Another focus is water and electricity usage. PebBev has installed a sophisticated water filtration system that re-uses water from the process, all within the high quality standards prescribed by The Coca-Cola Company. As well as water and electricity, we are constantly monitoring our effluent, solid waste and the use of coal and fossil fuels and always trying to reduce consumption.
Our green efforts are not only limited to the factory, but packaging, distribution and sales has also been included. PenBev are pioneers in the packaging arena, playing a major role in PET and glass recycling as we recycle all our own plastic waste by moulding it into functional plastic pallet slats.
PenBev’s green heart is not limited to the factory floor, but is evident in the many community and environmental clean-up projects around the fairest Cape.
Spar Recycling Project
As a trial for this new initiative, PenBev have selected the Super SPAR in Robertson to "adopt" two schools in their area, namely Vergesig Primere Skool and Laerskool Robertson, who will participate in a three-month trial.
The two selected schools will collect PET bottles and cans that will be transported to the Spar Distribution Centre in Philippi, where it will in turn be collected and paid for by Recycling Junction. After the three-month period, the school will be compensated by SPAR for the amount of recyclable materials collected.
There is no official end to the initiative provided that it is well received and supported by the schools and logistically still viable for the stores. We hope to roll this out to more stores and schools should the trial prove successful.
TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOUR BOTTLES
Did you know that there are anumber of benefits of taking care of your returnable bottles? These benefits include:
• A product in a good quality bottle that is not scuffed, dented or scratched.
• A product that tastes great because the bottle has only been used for its intended purpose
Taking care of your returnable bottles also plays a role in saving the environment. If you purchase a 1.5l returnable product you are entitled to a R3 deposit for every returned bottle.