Two Australian manufacturing companies Visy and Geofabrics are partnering to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and waste to landfill by integrating recycled PET plastics into new end-products.

PET plastic bottles recycled by packaging giant Visy will be re-used by Geofabrics to manufacture its bidim Green nonwoven geotextiles which get used in a range of major Australian infrastructure projects.

bidim Green is a premium geotextile designed to provide an effective and economical solution to engineering problems including weak soil, rutted and cracked roads and liquid and gas leaks from landfill sites.

Geofabrics has signed a multi-year partnership with Visy with every 10,000 tonnes of waste recycled into bidim Green helps our economy by creating 9.2 Australian jobs.

The COO of Visy, Mark De Wit said: “Our new partnership with Geofabrics is an excellent example of how Visy’s innovation approach can work with our partners’ product development processes to create practical and sustainable solutions that unlock value on multiple levels.

“Geofabrics are making great progress in the sustainability space.”

With one billion plastic water bottles purchased every year, Australians are creating 660,000 tonnes of plastic waste annually.

And whilst PET has its place in food packaging, the two companies are working together to ensure that the material ends up in a circular economy, where PET is either recycled or reused.

Geofabrics managing director Dennis Grech said: “The relationship between Visy and Geofabrics is a real win-win for Australia.

“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.”

Grech said sustainability is at the heart of Geofabrics and Visy is a wonderful and supportive partner in fulfilling our ambitions for a greener Australia.

Picture: Visy and Geofabrics

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