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
  • Addressing collective challenges in a constructive way
  • Growing the 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

Did you know, ….

  • South Africa does extremely well in recycling plastic, when compared to the recycling rate of 31 % in Europe, South Africa has an input recycling rate of 46.3 % [1] for all plastics (in 2018).
  • Total South African converter demand reached 1.544 million tons of virgin polymer, an increase of 3.5 % and only 0.4 % of the world’s plastics production
  • The South Africa plastics industry had a negative trade balance of more than R18 billion
  • 34.1 % of South Africans do not have access to regular waste removal services versus 10 countries in Europe with landfill restrictions for recyclables
  • Plastics managed a 46.3 % input recycling rate – plastics waste collected for recycling
  • Over 519 370 tons of plastics waste were collected for recycling inside and outside South Africa – 6.7 % more than the previous year
  • 352 000 tons of new plastic raw material was manufactured to complement virgin polymer in South Africa, a 12.2 % increase year on year
  • Recycled tonnages grew 64 % and virgin polymer 21 % since 2009
  • 70 % of all recyclable materials originated from landfill and other post-consumer sources
  • The tonnages recycled into raw materials saved enough barrels of oil to fuel 200 000 cars for one year doing 30 000 km/annum
  • Plastics recycling saved 246 000 tons of CO2 – the equivalent emissions of 51 200 cars in the same year

Note: All materials recycled or reprocessed in South Africa are expressed as a percentage of locally manufactured plastics products.

Source PlasticsSA