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Geofabrics and Visy partner to reuse PET

Geofabrics has signed a multi-year partnership with Visy to reduce the number of plastic bottles going into landfill.

The two companies are working together to ensure that the material ends up in a circular economy, where PET is either recycled or reused.

Visy uses food grade Recycled PET (rPET) in the manufacture of its plastic bottles. In this partnership, the rPET that is not fit for Visy’s bottle-to-bottle recycling will be purchased by Geofabrics to make sustainable geotextiles for use in Australia’s road, rail, and mining industries.

Traditional geotextiles are made from unsustainable virgin materials. According to Geofabrics, its bidim® Green and Sealmac® Green are the only Australian made recycled alternatives, replacing offshore sourced polymer with Australian sourced recycled polymer. These come direct from Visy’s recycling plant in Smithfield NSW.

Geofabrics Australasia managing director and CEO Dennis Grech said, “For the first time, Australian sourced recycled plastic bottles are converted into geotextiles that build Australia’s national infrastructure; the roads we drive on, our rail networks and our mining assets.

“Why does this matter? We are taking plastic waste out of landfills and out of our waterways and oceans and, in doing so, we are building Australia’s recycling industry and creating jobs for all Australians.”

Visy COO Mark De Wit noted that Geofabrics was making strong progress in the sustainability space and, specifically, through the innovative use of rPET in manufacturing a range of products that will be deployed in building Australia’s key infrastructure.

“Our success is cemented through collaborations with like-minded businesses, such as Geofabrics, which has a strong orientation to sustainability and a commitment to making a positive long-term contribution to the wider community.

“Together this new partnership helps us make further steps towards strengthening Australia’s recycling industry, while creating local jobs,” he said.