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.

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 2014, 22.5 % of all plastics products made, were recycled into raw material again.
  • Every ton of plastic recycled saves 5.7 m3 landfill space.
  • Plastics recycling sustains about 47 000 jobs in 2014, of which 6 000 were formal, full-time jobs.
  • Recycling one kg of polyethylene saves approximately 2 litres of crude oil and 1½ kg of CO2.
  • 62.7 % of all materials recycled in 2014 originated from post-consumer sources and a further 17.2% originated from post-industrial sources.
  • Plastics going to landfill decreased in 2014 with 3.2 %.

Examples of the various categories are explained in the following table
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Latest News

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; [...]