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.