South African Plastics Recycling Organisation

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The South African Plastics Recycling Organisation (SAPRO) represents the plastics re-processors in South Africa. Its members procure sorted, baled end-of-life plastics and re-process it into raw material. The recycled material can be used to manufacture new plastics products. Recyclate can be used as a percentage of the final material mix and in some cases can even solely be used to produce new products. South Africa is amongst the top recycling countries in the world.

The Organisation is funded by its members and contracts the services of a part-time general manager to assist with the day to day running.

Our purpose as SAPRO is to assist recyclers in:

  • Building a recycling industry that is respected and acknowledged by government, industry and the general public.
  • Adressing our collective challenges in a constructive way.
  • Growing our industry and respective recycling initiatives and businesses  in volume, technology and profitability.
  • Presenting a united voice that influences external decision- making positively.
  • Continuing to have a positive impact on the environment to preserve and protect resources.

Plastics Recycling

Recyclable plastics scrap can be sourced from factory waste that cannot be used in the original products, post-industrial- or post-consumer sources. Interesting facts about plastics recycling in South Africa:

  • In 2016, 1.144 million tons of post-consumer plastic waste ended up in official waste streams.
  • South Africa Mechanically recycled 309 520 tons of plastics in 2016
  • Recycling a single plastic bottle can conserve enough energy to light a 60 watt bulb for up to six hours
  • Recycling one kg of polyethylene saves approximately 2 litres of crude oil and 1½ kg of CO2.
  • Although in 2016 41.8% plastics were recovered 0.667 million tons still went to landfill.
  • The average person generates 2,04 kg of rubbish every day – about ¾ tons of solid waste per year

Examples of the various categories are explained in the following table

Latest News

3110, 2017

SAPRO Awards Media Clippings

Good day Recyclers and Friends following the major success of the SAPRO awards here are some published articles for your perusal.

2609, 2017

SAPRO Awards for Best Recycled Product show ingenuity and “can-do” attitude of local recyclers

  Making bed bases from old car bumpers turned out to be anything but a rubbish idea for Graham Coleman and Gianni Nosenzo of Cycliq in Wadeville – two veterans of the bedding industry whose [...]

708, 2017

SAPRO Recycling Snippets, August 2017

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602, 2017

SAPRO Recycling Snippets 1, 2017

Good day Recyclers and Friends Already the 2nd month of the new year and all seems fine… It sounds like demand is picking up, especially for the better quality materials. May 2017 be a great [...]

1211, 2015

SAPRO Recycling Snippets 2015:3

Less than 10 weeks before 2016 and I got stuck somewhere between Easter and the winter…  Despite the weeks rushing by, the Boks losing, the Lions winning and the incredible heat, recycling is still happening; [...]