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2021 African Circular Economy Alliance: Giving waste a second chance
2021 African Circular Economy Alliance: Giving waste a second chanceArticle

Decreasing plastic waste and enhancing plastic recycling remains a focus area for South Africa, according to forestry, fisheries and environment minister Barbara Creecy...

19 Apr 2021

Annual South African Plastics Recycling Survey results released
Annual South African Plastics Recycling Survey results releasedArticle

Plastics SA, in conjunction with the South African Plastics Recycling Organisation (SAPRO), recently released the annual South African Plastics Recycling Survey...

19 Mar 2021

Plastics Colloquium identifies 5 key focus areas for 2021
Plastics Colloquium identifies 5 key focus areas for 2021Article

The 2020 Plastics Colloquium Feedback session was hosted virtually recently by the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF), the Consumer Goods Council of SA, Plastics|SA and the informal sector associations...

20 Nov 2020

Mounting plastic waste risks lives, diminishes sustainable change
Mounting plastic waste risks lives, diminishes sustainable changeArticle

Saturday, 21 November, marks World Fisheries Day - a day commemorated to raise awareness on the importance of water as well as the lives it sustains, both on land and for marine life...

Kate Stubbs 19 Nov 2020

Annual survey reveals plastics recycling figures for 2019
Annual survey reveals plastics recycling figures for 2019Article

During 2019, 503,600 tonnes of plastics waste was collected for recycling. Of this, more than half (362,800 tonnes) was packaging...

16 Oct 2020

L'Oréal announces winners of Beauty Tech for Good Challenge
L'Oréal announces winners of Beauty Tech for Good ChallengeArticle

The international competition recognises the most innovative startups supporting responsible, sustainable and inclusive beauty...

14 Oct 2020

Recycling isn't enough - the world's plastic pollution crisis is only getting worse
Recycling isn't enough - the world's plastic pollution crisis is only getting worseArticle

Plastic production and consumption has snowballed since large-scale production began in the 1950s...

Stephanie B. Borrelle 18 Sep 2020

Nominations now open for Twyg Sustainable Fashion Awards 2020
Nominations now open for Twyg Sustainable Fashion Awards 2020Article

Twyg is calling on fashion designers who implement sustainable and circular approaches, and who foster ethical practices, to enter its second annual Sustainable Fashion Awards...

3 Sep 2020

Have your say on plastic bag regulations
Have your say on plastic bag regulationsArticle

The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries has invited members of the public to comment on the intention to amend the Environment Conservation Act Plastic Carrier Bags and Plastic Flat Bags Regulations...

24 Aug 2020

62% of PET plastic beverage bottles produced in SA in 2019 recycled - PETCO
62% of PET plastic beverage bottles produced in SA in 2019 recycled - PETCOArticle

According to new statistics released by the PET Recycling Company (PETCO), which is the producer responsibility organisation for the sector, 62% of all polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic beverage bottles placed on the market in 2019 have been recycled...

2 Jul 2020

Successful Joburg recycling pilot programme set to expand
Successful Joburg recycling pilot programme set to expandArticle

Kickstarted in Auckland Park and Brixton, data from a Joburg-based recycling pilot programme has shown increases in the city's recycling rates, the number of households actively recycling...

24 Jun 2020

#Budget2020: Plastic bag levy increase the new sin tax?
#Budget2020: Plastic bag levy increase the new sin tax?Article

With the plastic bag levy increased for the fourth time in the 2020 Budget Speech, who will bear the cost?

Lorren de Kock 28 Feb 2020

PETCO releases definitive guide to recyclable packaging design
PETCO releases definitive guide to recyclable packaging designArticle

To facilitate efforts by companies to think about their product packaging with reuse and recycling in mind, the PET Plastic Recycling Company (PETCO) has released a definitive guide to packaging design...

9 Oct 2019

#TwygAwards: A celebration of sustainable South African fashion
#TwygAwards: A celebration of sustainable South African fashionArticle

Designers and brands creating innovative, sustainable work in South Africa's fashion industry were honoured at the inaugural Twyg Awards, held in Cape Town on Thursday...

20 Sep 2019

From bottle to bag: Nationwide roll-out of PnP bags made from recycled plastic
From bottle to bag: Nationwide roll-out of PnP bags made from recycled plasticArticle

In line with Pick n Pay's plastic waste reduction initiatives, the retailer is rolling out a new, affordable reusable bag made from recycled plastic waste, which will be replaced by Pick n Pay for free...

20 Sep 2019

How young Africans are going green in business
How young Africans are going green in businessArticle

The youth are the driving force for action on climate and the environment. That was the message hammered home to delegates at Africa Climate Week earlier this year...

Franck Kuwonu 3 Sep 2019

WWF and SA retailers team up to simplify recycling labels
WWF and SA retailers team up to simplify recycling labelsArticle

Some of SA's biggest retailers, with the aid of WWF, are rolling out standardised recycling instructions, known as On Pack Recycling Labels (OPRLs), which will indicate whether the packaging can or cannot be recycled...

28 Aug 2019

Plastics|SA releases plastics recycling figures for 2018
Plastics|SA releases plastics recycling figures for 2018Article

Plastics|SA has released the latest plastics recycling figures which, according to the South African plastics industry umbrella body, show that SA has a dynamic, growing and well-supported plastics recycling industry...

21 Aug 2019

Eliminating packaging is a good start - but here's what supermarkets should do to stop harming the planet
Eliminating packaging is a good start - but here's what supermarkets should do to stop harming the planetArticle

It was inspiring to read about the launch of Waitrose's trial in Oxford offering consumers a range of products free of packaging...

Alison Stowell 20 Aug 2019

Twyg Awards to spotlight conscious Southern African fashion brands
Twyg Awards to spotlight conscious Southern African fashion brandsArticle

Nominations are open for the inaugural Twyg Sustainable Fashion Awards, which recognise Southern African designers who have implemented a sustainable design approach...

10 Jul 2019

Mpact Versapak announces Petco voting membership
Mpact Versapak announces Petco voting membershipArticle

Mpact Versapak, a subsidiary of Mpact Operations, with BRC-certified plants, acknowledges the convenience and uses of PET plastics and the need for a solution to post-consumer waste...

Issued by Mpact Plastics 4 Jul 2019

SA shows 6% year-on-year increase in PET plastic bottle recycling
SA shows 6% year-on-year increase in PET plastic bottle recyclingArticle

According to PETCO chief executive officer Cheri Scholtz, an average of 6.2 million PET plastic bottles were collected for recycling across South Africa every day last year...

5 Jun 2019

FMCG recycling commitments no cure for plastic crisis
FMCG recycling commitments no cure for plastic crisisArticle

The launch of the Africa Plastics Recycling Alliance by consumer goods companies including Diageo, Unilever, The Coca Cola Company and Nestlé is not a cure-all for the plastic crisis...

29 Mar 2019

We need a legally binding treaty to make plastic pollution history
We need a legally binding treaty to make plastic pollution historyArticle

A powerful marriage between the fossil fuel and plastic industries threatens to exacerbate the global plastic pollution crisis...

Trisia Farrelly 27 Mar 2019

Sunlight raises recycling awareness through packaging innovation
Sunlight raises recycling awareness through packaging innovationArticle

Over 5 years' worth of development work has culminated in the launch of Sunlight's new 100% recycled and recyclable bottle...

20 Mar 2019

#GlobalRecyclingDay: Coca-Cola's plan to tackle the plastic waste problem in Africa
#GlobalRecyclingDay: Coca-Cola's plan to tackle the plastic waste problem in AfricaArticle

In line with its World Without Waste campaign, The Coca-Cola Company is accelerating the collection and recycling of PET plastic bottles across Southern and East Africa...

18 Mar 2019

Husband and wife team lands multi-million rand Shoprite contract
Husband and wife team lands multi-million rand Shoprite contractArticle

Mike and Thina Maziya's plastic manufacturing and recycling company, Verigreen, has been awarded a multi-million rand contract with Shoprite Group...

11 Mar 2019

Toward a circular economy: Tackling the plastics recycling problem
Toward a circular economy: Tackling the plastics recycling problemArticle

Why has the world continued to increase consumption of plastic materials when at the same time, environmental and human health concerns over their use have grown?

Margaret Sobkowicz 17 Jan 2019

Our complicated relationship with plastic: 5 essential reads
Our complicated relationship with plastic: 5 essential readsArticle

From its arrival decades ago, plastic has transformed modern life. But in 2018, the alarm over the plastic pollution crisis sounded louder than ever...

Martin LaMonica 27 Dec 2018

Scientists are developing greener plastics - the bigger challenge is moving them from lab to market
Scientists are developing greener plastics - the bigger challenge is moving them from lab to marketArticle

Synthetic plastics have made many aspect of modern life cheaper, safer and more convenient. However, we have failed to figure out how to get rid of them...

Richard Gross 17 Aug 2018

Why can't all plastic waste be recycled?
Why can't all plastic waste be recycled?Article

The UK produced 11-million tonnes of plastic waste in 2017, and recycled around two thirds of it...

Sharon George 3 Aug 2018

Why compostable plastics may be no better for the environment
Why compostable plastics may be no better for the environmentArticle

As companies move to get rid of single-use plastic bags and bans on microbeads are coming into force...

Thomas Neitzert 2 Aug 2018

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Your coffee cup lid is likely to outlive you and your grandchildrenArticle

Globally, 8-million tonnes of plastics are dumped into the sea every year...

5 Jun 2018

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There's more to the plastic pollution crisis than just carrier bagsArticle

The focus for this year's World Environmental Day and Oceans Day is on plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean...

Dr Nonhlanhla Kalabaila 5 Jun 2018

WhatsApp the FC Foundation to recycle your extra plastic bottles
WhatsApp the FC Foundation to recycle your extra plastic bottlesArticle

Some Cape Town residents now have a surplus of plastic water bottles...

1 Jun 2018

Biggest pollutants on SA beaches during 2017 identified
Biggest pollutants on SA beaches during 2017 identifiedArticle

Plastics|SA recently released the audited results of the biggest pollutants found on our beaches during 2017...

26 Apr 2018

EU sets 2030 target for recyclable plastic packaging
EU sets 2030 target for recyclable plastic packagingArticle

The European Union unveiled plans on Tuesday, 16 January, for all plastic packaging in Europe to be recyclable by 2030 and to phase out single-use plastic like coffee cups to fight pollution...

19 Jan 2018

Egyptian upcycling startup creates fashionable accessories from trash
Egyptian upcycling startup creates fashionable accessories from trashArticle

While studying in Europe, Egyptian entrepreneurs Rana Rafie and Yara Yassin were inspired by the recycling and upcycling boom taking place around them...

Jamie Matroos 13 Sep 2017

Thousands of plastic bottles and other pieces of plastic litter line the coastline south of Durban after a recent storm – testimony to South Africa’s ranking among the top 20 worst marine plastic polluters in the world. Picture: Lisa Guastella
SA one of the worst culprits of marine plastic pollutionArticle

When marine scientist Dr Brent Newman visited Durban harbour recently, he was astonished to find not a single crab in a section of mangroves near the Bluff Yacht Club...

1 Aug 2017

Kenya should be focused on recycling, not banning plastic bags
Kenya should be focused on recycling, not banning plastic bagsArticle

Kenya recently announced a ban on one of the most common materials used in the country's packaging sector - plastic bags...

Leah Oyake-Ombis 5 Jul 2017

Dave Hakkens upgrades his plastic project to version 3.0
Dave Hakkens upgrades his plastic project to version 3.0Article

The Design Indaba alumnus gives discarded plastic a second life with his plastic recycling project...

Megan Moos 28 Jun 2017

A PET revival
A PET revivalArticle

While polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is a sophisticated plastic used to manufacture bottled water and cool drink packaging, it is also a product that can be recycled into many new and useful products...

Issued by Mpact Plastics 12 Dec 2016

Woolworths launches 30% plant-based plastic milk bottle
Woolworths launches 30% plant-based plastic milk bottleArticle

In a first for the dairy industry in South Africa, Woolworths has launched an innovative green milk bottle, consisting of 30% plant-based plastic...

20 Oct 2016

Responsible travel: the Contiki story
Responsible travel: the Contiki storyArticle

Travellers are looking for ways to get more involved and give back during their travels - be it choosing the most environmentally friendly mode of transport or volunteering...

11 Apr 2016

Inaugural Italian recycling workshops welcomed at INDUTEC
Inaugural Italian recycling workshops welcomed at INDUTECArticle

Waste and Recycling Africa is a component of the 12-shows-in-one INDUTEC expo and focuses on products and services such as compactors, hydraulics, landfill services, odour control, recycling, safety equipment, logistics...

11 May 2015

Economy reduces plastics recycling in 2013, call for more source sorting
Economy reduces plastics recycling in 2013, call for more source sortingArticle

Plastics SA has just released the nation's latest plastic recycling results for the year 2013 - 280,000 tons of plastic (20.0% of all plastics manufactured in South Africa) were diverted from landfill and recycled during 2013.

15 Sep 2014

Locator app to assist recycling
Locator app to assist recyclingArticle

Tuffy Brands has released South Africa's first recycling centre locator app for smartphones, which could increase the local plastic recycling rate of 19.6%.

28 Feb 2014

SA hosts international recycling colloquium
SA hosts international recycling colloquiumArticle

South Africa can be proud of its accomplishments in the area of plastics recycling, which is one of the key building blocks of a green economy. South Africa is clearly leading the rest of Africa in this regard, and is not lagging far behind its European counterparts with its impressive recycling figures and innovative solutions developed for recycling and waste recovery.

2 Dec 2013

Entries are open for Plastics|SA's Clean Up & Recycling Competition
Entries are open for Plastics|SA's Clean Up & Recycling CompetitionArticle

Plastics|SA is inviting schools and organisations to enter for its annual Clean-Up & Recycle Competition. Each year, this competition attracts entries from schools and organisations across South Africa who are eager to share the success of how they encouraged their fellow pupils, co-workers and local neighbourhoods to get rid of litter and start recycling where they live, play and learn.

6 Jul 2012

UNEP's 2011 Seed Award for Kenya's WatamuArticle

Focusing on African entrepreneurs, the United Nations 2011 Seed Award was given to Kenya's Watamu Community Solid Waste Management and Recycling Enterprises for its achievement in innovation and entrepreneurship skills in the community, Allafrica.com reports.

8 May 2012

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