Cape Town – The latest statistics by Plastic/SA show that South Africa has a dynamic, growing and well-supported recycling industry, with more than 519 370 tons of plastic waste collected for recycling last year.
The executive director at Plastics SA, Anton Hanekom, said that despite facing major challenges in the past, the plastics industry had made important strides.
“Plastic bags manufacturers have removed fillers to produce bags that are fully recyclable. In addition, 100% certified recycled plastic material is now used to produce some carrier bags.
“This creates an end market for recycled plastic products and helps to reduce waste to landfill. By ensuring that the products we create become part of a circular economy, we create a win-win situation for the environment and for the industry, which employs 60 000 people,” Hanekom said.
Key findings of a recycling survey last year showed that: