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SA’s paper recycling rate as good as developed countries

South Africa’s paper recycling rates match up to many developed economies.

The volume of paper and paper packaging recovered globally for recycling has increased substantially over the past decade.

In 2000, the Paper Recycling Association of South Africa (PRASA) reported a 38% paper recovery rate, rising to 59% in 2011. The association had projected paper recycling rates to increase to 63% by the end of 2017, but by December 2015 the paper and paper packaging industry exceeded this with 66% of the nation’s recoverable paper and cardboard being recovered for recycling during 2015.

Written by Riante Naidoo on 1 March 2017 and posted on