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 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

SAPRO Best Recycled Plastic Product Awards 2019

Date: 4 November 2019

Venue:  Workshop 17, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

It’s that time of the year again, when we host the Best Recycled Plastic Product of the Year Awards, aimed at raising awareness and showcasing  the wide variety of ingenious products that are locally designed and manufactured using recycled plastics. The event is a cornerstone of SAPRO’s strategy to grow the demand for plastic recyclate, and help improve market acceptance of locally manufactured recycled plastic products, inspire innovation and encourage new entrants into the market place.

How to become a member