Welcome to SAPRO

About Us

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. South Africa is amongst the top recycling countries in the world.

The Organisation is funded by its members and assists recyclers in Building a recycling industry that is respected and acknowledged by government, industry and the public.

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Why Recycle?

Tackle the Landfill Crisis

In South Africa, the landfill capacity is fast becoming an impending crisis. With only 7.5% of South African’s recycling, we currently have over 90% of waste produced ending up in landfills.

Support Waste Pickers

Waste pickers saved government R748.8 million in 2014 through their informal recycling services. However, their value is not recognised.

Reduce Carbon Footprint

Recycling helps to reduce the production of waste, and thereby reduce the chemicals and gasses produced in landfills.

Did you know, in 2017

South Africa

Recycled 334 727 tons of material into raw material, when compared to the recycling rate of 1 % in Europe, South Africa has an input recycling rate of 43.7 % [1] for all plastics.

According to Stats SA

12,1 % of Metropolitan households do not have regular refuse removal as recorded in 2015 and 64 % of all households have formal waste management.

60% Of Incoming

Material was sourced as baled materials from the formal sector, collectors and waste management companies.

Most Widely Recycled

Material is still PE-LD and PE-LLD packaging films (34%), followed by PET beverage bottles which showed a steady increase over the last 4 years (22%), PE-HD bottles, drums and crates represent the third largest recycled polymer in 2017 (20%).

It Is Estimated

That 52 300 workers received an income through the supply chain, 700 more than in 2016 (These include self-employed waste pickers and employees of smaller entrepreneurial collectors).

More Than 210

Bona fide recyclers have been identified operating in South Africa; 30 % of the recyclers convert 80 % of the tonnages. Among the recyclers surveyed in 2017, 50 % were at least granulating, washing and pelletising.

Upcoming Events

Become part of our community by becoming a member

SAPRO Eastern Cape annual general meeting, in Port Elizabeth

Date: 24 April 2019

Venue: NMMU, New Engineering Building, North Campus

Aside from a general catchup, update on industry developments and networking, the event will feature guest speaker, Lorren De Kock (Circular Plastics Programme Lead- WWF South Africa) who will give an overview of WWF’s interest in curbing single-use plastics and design for a circular economy (TBC).

How to become a member