There is in South Africa a growing consumer interest in bioplastics in South Africa but there’s a misconception about what it is.
The recycling of used plastic bags for instance significantly decreases the amount of waste that goes to landfills, which in turn helps to reduce land and water pollution. Recycling also allows for the plastics to be reused to manufacture new products, which creates a whole value chain of job creation and economic growth in South Africa.
334 727 tons of plastic was recycled into raw material last year in South Africa.
This provided work for an estimated 52 300 people and through the procurement of recyclables, an estimated R 448 million was injected into the economy at primary sourcing level.
Current recycling rate of 43.7 % for all plastics.