Welcome to SAPRO


SAPRO’s priority is to safeguard our staff and others with whom they usually work, so we’re all currently working from home and are not holding or attending meetings or events. Whilst this means we’re unable to provide our full programme of activities during this period, we are committed to supporting our members, partners and the global community as best we can. Along with all our usual best practice guidance, tools and resources on this website, we will be considering what else we can do to help governments, businesses, and citizens during this time.

If you want to contact us please email lisa@plasticrecyclingsa.co.za. We will do our best to respond to you as soon as possible.

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 2018


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According to Stats SA

34.1 % of South Africans do not have access to regular waste removal services versus 10 countries in Europe with landfill restrictions for recyclables

70% from landfill

70 % of all recyclable materials originated from landfill and other post-consumer sources. Material was sourced as baled materials from the formal sector, collectors and waste management companies.

Tonnages Recycled

That in 2018, over 519 370 tons of plastics waste were collected for recycling inside and outside South Africa – 6.7 % more than the previous year .

It Is Estimated

The plastics recycling industry gives direct employment to more than 7 800 people and created a further 58 500 income generating jobs; R2.3 billion rand was injected into the informal sector through the purchasing of recyclable plastics waste

More than 300

Bona fide recyclers have been identified operating in South Africa; 20 % of the recyclers convert 70 % of the tonnages.

Upcoming Events

Become part of our community by becoming a member

Webinar: Captain Fanplastic’s storytime and craft session

An invitation for the whole family to join Captain Fanplastic’s storytime and craft session


When 30th April | 14:30pm – 15:30pm

Google Hangout Link: meet.google.com/ixv-repy-xof 


What you can look forward to

A charming storytime with the Captain himself as he tells you the legend behind how he got his name. After storytime you and your little ones can have fun and learn how to create Fin the turtle and a pirate’s eyepatch.

An invitation for the whole family to join Captain Fanplastic’s storytime and craft session


When 7 May2020 | 14:30pm – 15:30pm

How to become a member