Gym pay­ment an­noy­ance

The Star Early Edition - - ASK GEORGIE - DR KA Mohlala

I HAD a three-year con­tract with Planet Fit­ness in Mon­tana, which I paid cash in ad­vance.

In Oc­to­ber 2016, the con­tract should have ex­pired. At the be­gin­ning of Septem­ber, I was called by some­one from Planet Fit­ness, who told me about the ex­piry of the con­tract and per­suaded me to fill in the re­newal forms. She sar­dine’s stom­ach is a con­cern be­cause hu­mans and fish are in­gest­ing them.”

Con­sumers can and must do more to limit their plas­tic waste and ban­ning plas­tic bags is not the an­swer. Jam­beck said it might be bet­ter for pol­icy changes on a small scale: “Bans and taxes raise aware­ness, but don’t nec­es­sar­ily equate to be­hav­iour change.”

Not all plas­tic can be re­cy­cled ei­ther, but Petco (the PET Re­cy­cling Com­pany) be­lieves plas­tic should be val­ued and seen as a re­source. Mov­ing to a cir­cu­lar econ­omy model, rather than a lin­ear, throw-away one, is the an­swer. The agency said: “We have, with the sup­port of our mem­bers, set up such a model for told me the forms would be sub­mit­ted a few days be­fore the ex­piry.

Then, after I re­alised that I wasted money for 22 months with­out util­is­ing the gym ser­vices, I con­tacted her to say the forms should not be sub­mit­ted.

She agreed and said she would tell the man­ager.

To my sur­prise, in Novem­ber post-con­sumer PET bot­tles, which rep­re­sents the most sus­tain­able use of raw ma­te­rial through us­ing re­cy­cled resin re­peat­edly in new bot­tles, thereby “clos­ing the loop”. Through giv­ing PET bot­tles a value, this model ef­fec­tively di­verts them from land­fill, cre­at­ing much-needed jobs and sav­ing land­fill space and car­bon emis­sions in the process.

“We pro­vide al­most all the in­put for the polyester sta­ple fi­bre mar­ket in SA and, with Petco’s as­sis­tance, our fi­bre-man­u­fac­tur­ing part­ners con­tinue de­vel­op­ing ex­port mar­kets for their prod­ucts. From our per­spec­tive, the pro­duc­tion and use of both food grade and non-food grade re­cy­cled PET (rPET) resin re­mains the ma­jor growth op­por­tu­nity for PET re­cy­cling I no­ticed that the debit or­der went through from my bank.

I’ve been sent from pil­lar to post, even writ­ing e-mails to their head of­fice. Now I’ve re­ceived calls from their lawyers de­mand­ing set­tle­ment. Georgie: The mem­ber­ship has been can­celled. in South Africa.

“We en­cour­age con­sumers to par­tic­i­pate in the re­cy­cling process where pos­si­ble and to use their in­flu­ence and buy­ing power to de­mand prod­ucts con­tain­ing re­cy­cled con­tent. By hav­ing more peo­ple ac­tive in the re­cy­cling move­ment, more bot­tles will be col­lected – di­vert­ing them from land­fill – and re­cy­cled into jeans and T-shirts, or du­vets and pil­lows, or even into new bot­tles.”

By re­think­ing not only the shop­ping bag, but also the type of pack­ag­ing our prod­ucts come in, we could con­trib­ute to­wards that cir­cu­lar econ­omy. Much of the plas­tic pack­ag­ing we use daily can be re­cy­cled. So look out for plas­tic re­cy­cling lo­gos and sep­a­rate your waste – even if it’s just the dry goods from wet kitchen waste.

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