JOB creation, innovation and poverty alleviation are just some of the major achievements by several Nelson Mandela Bay recycling initiatives, making a tangible difference at grassroots level in communities. This is being celebrated by the PET Recycling Company (PETCO), the national recycling body for PET plastics, in the form of an inspiration session to be held in the Bay today, Wednesday, November 21. The two-hour event will honour several recycling initiatives in the city that are making strides not only in PET plastic recycling, but also in uplifting communities. PETCO is encouraging members of the public to attend the event to learn more about the unique and life-changing initiatives taking place throughout the city.According to PETCO chief executive officer, Cheri Scholtz, there are many incredible things happening on a daily basis in the recycling industry in South Africa, which are driven by a remarkable network of people.“These people deserve to be recognised and celebrated as innovative entrepreneurs, employers, and champions in their own right, who do good for the environment and their communities through the work they do in the recycling industry,” said Scholtz.She said the PETCO Inspiration Sessions were intended as a public platform for the organisation’s partners to share how they were working towards transforming the recycling sector.“We encourage the public to attend and hear from people who are passionate about PET recycling and its potential to change lives. “You are guaranteed to look at it with new eyes, either as a consumer or as a would-be entrepreneur in the field,” added.Included in the line-up of speakers are PE-based environmental scientist Dr Tony Ribbink of the African Marine Waste Network, who will be launching the programme and will be speaking on the topic of, Zero Plastics to the Seas of South Africa and the plan to make the Bay the cleanest city in South Africa by 2021. Uitenhage Recycling Mula Swop-Shop’s Quinette Goosen will explain how the recycling project is cleaning up the local communities and helping families survive and Cannibal Recycling’s Leon van der Watt will share how his recycling business helps to create sustainable livelihoods for unemployed individuals. Anyone interested in attending the event at Chicky’s Yard in Ellis Street, Baakens Valley, can RSVP by emailing PETCO at kara.levy@ petco.co.za. Tickets cost R100 per person and include catering. The event runs from 17:00 to 19:00.