Best Recycled Product awards

The South African Plastics Recycling Organisation (SAPRO) hosts the Recycled Plastic Product of the Year Awards, biannually, to raise awareness and showcase 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 the quality of locally manufactured products.

It aims to

  • raise awareness of the versatility and progression in the application of recycled plastics,
  • stimulate the appetite for the design and manufacture of more products made from recycled plastics,
  • inspire innovation and encourage new entrants into the market place
  • highlight the important role this industry plays in job creation, diverting plastic waste from landfill and growing the economy

History of the competition

Each year the competition grows both in the number of entries and in the variety of different products being submitted. Now on its seventh year, the Recycled Plastic Product of the Year Awards were held for the first time in 2010. Any company in the SADC region may enter, provided that the recycled material originated in South Africa.

Product categories and judging criteria

To encourage participation by local converters and innovators, the competition has the following categories that award:

  • products made from 100% post-consumer plastic collected, recycled and converted in South Africa
  • products that maximise circular economy principles encouraging recycling of post-consumer plastics
  • products that despite technical challenges, are innovative and pioneering
  • products that divert large volumes of post-consumer plastic from landfill
  • recyclers or converters developing the supply chain
  • new or novel entrants into the market
  • the product that exemplifies innovation in the full value chain and best showcase recycling of post-consumer plastics

A winner and runner up are announced in each of these categories, with special recognition of the recycler and manufacturer of the product as well as the brand owner during the awards ceremony which coincides with Clean-Up and Recycle SA Week (in September) biannually.

Criteria for judging

Entries are judged on several criteria by a panel of judges who are experts in plastics, packaging, recycling, product design and marketing. These include:

  • the life expectancy of the product,
  • the sustainability (i.e. long-term demand and market acceptance of product),
  • the measures taken to ensure product consistency and customer satisfaction despite recycled material content,
  • tonnage (or potential tonnages) of plastics that were converted and therefore diverted from landfill,
  • technical achievements in manufacturing to overcome recycled material challenges,
  • replacement of alternative materials and
  • the so-called “Wow-factor” – originality of design and the care and pride with which the product was manufactured.

2017 Winners

  • The Space Base by Cycliq – Overall winner-with bed bases made from old car bumpers. Weighing just 19kg‚ the double base folds up into a quarter of the space of a traditional bed base‚ making it far easier to move, store, re-assembled or export
  • Street Sleeper (Gold Award) in the category Novel and Artistic Products for their waterproof sleeping bags for the homeless made from recycled PVC banners
  • Greenlite Concrete (Gold Award) for their Jumbo Building Blocks made from recycled expanded polystyrene in the category Products made from Mixed Materials
  • Usabco (Gold Award) for their Addis 10-liter watering can in the category Products made from a percentage post-consumer recyclate
  • Wreaths International (Silver Award) for their range of funeral wreaths and baskets made from recycled LDPE mono-filament
  • Infinite Industries (Silver Award) for their Cable Trench Covers made from recycled plastic
  • Ridgedrop (Silver Award) for their solid Plastic Droppers made from a 100% post-consumer HDPE recyclate blend for game-fencing
  • Tuffy for their Refuse Bags (Bronze Award) which ensures that more than 4 800 tons of recycled milk bottles, carrier bags and printed films are kept from landfill every year and for their Checkers carrier bags (Silver Award) made from 100 % recycled plastic
  • MyWaste Mouldings (Bronze Award) for their innovative waste bin separator made from traditionally difficult-to-recycle materials that assists every household to separate at source.
  • Infinite Industries won the People’s Choice Award for their manholes and covers

Why Sponsor

The Recycled Plastic Product of the Year Awards are firmly established as a must-attend event for key players in the recycling and waste management industry. It provides the perfect opportunity to drive your business forward by bringing together industry professionals on one day to recognise and celebrate best practice and innovation within the industry.

Just some of the benefits of sponsoring the Recycled Plastic Product of the Year Awards include:

  • Establish thought leadership among decision makers and business influencers
  • Being seen at the forefront of this dynamic and changing industry
  • Networking with the major players within the industry
  • Creation of your own business opportunities with wider identification from existing and potential customers
  • Broad and relevant audience engagement for related PR campaigns
  • Long-term affiliation with the Recycled Plastic Product of the Year Awards promotes strong brand recognition

 Can you afford to miss out on this perfect opportunity to demonstrate your commitment to the environment and saving resources by using recycled material?

For more information, contact Lisa Parkes at:

Tel: 083 406 3298

Email: lisa@plasticrecyclingsa.co.za