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Register to engage and stay informed on the development of the Packaging SA Federation of Plans

Packaging SA is in the process of developing an Industry Waste Management Plan (IndWMP) in line with the Minister of Environmental Affairs “Call on the Paper and Packaging Industry, Electronical and Electronic industry and Lighting industry to prepare and submit industry waste management plans to the Minister for approval” detailed in Government Gazette No.1353 on [&hellip
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SA PET industry hits new high with 2.15 billion bottles recycled

65% recycling rate on par with international standards; 64 000 income-generating opportunities created. Despite tough trading conditions and a 13% fall in the total PET market, the South African plastic industry recycled a record 2.15 billion PET plastic bottles in 2017, setting a post-consumer recycling rate of 65% to put the country on par with international [&hellip
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REGISTRATION AS PER REQUIREMENT OF S28 OF THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT: WASTE ACT 2008

Please be advised that the National Environmental Management: Waste Act, 2008 (Act No 59 of 2008) Section 28 Notice has been published on 6 December 2017.  Paper and packaging has been declared a priority waste by government. Government Gazette no. 41303, released on 6 December 2017 is available at www.gpwonline.co.za/Gazettes/Gazettes/41303_6-12_EnvAffairs.pdf All “Producers” are now required [&hellip
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GOVERNMENT GAZETTE – SECTION 28 CALL FOR INDUSTRY WASTE MANAGEMENT PLANS

Please be advised that the National Environmental Management: Waste Act, 2008 (Act No 59 of 2008) Section 28 Notice has been published on 6 December 2017.  Paper and packaging has been declared a priority waste by government.  Each packaging waste stream will have to submit an Industry Waste Management Plan (IndWMP) to the Minister by [&hellip
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POLYCO & PACKAGING SA LAUNCH PACKA-CHING

THE PACKA-CHING PILOT PROJECT WILL BE LAUNCHING IN 2017 WITH THE AIM OF INCREASING RECYCLING IN INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS AND LOWER-INCOME AREAS AROUND CAPE TOWN AND JOHANNESBURG. The idea behind the project is to tap into a new market of recyclable packaging material in order to decrease the amount of packaging waste entering landfills. Through incentivising a change [&hellip
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Withdrawal of the Section 28 Notice (August 12 Gazette) calling for Industry to submit an IWMP.

The Minister has now formally withdrawn the Section 28 Notice (August 12 Gazette) calling for Industry to submit an IWMP. A new “intention to call for plans” notice has been published which affords the public 30 days to submit “written representations or objections” to its contents. Packaging SA will submit comments on behalf of the [&hellip
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PAPER & PACKAGING INDUSTRY WASTE MANAGEMENT PLAN

The Section 28 Call for Plans (Paper and Packaging Industry Waste Management Plan) was officially gazetted on Friday, 12 August 2016. For a copy of the gazette, please click on the link  gazette Section 28 notice calling Ind WMP Kindly note the following: ALL existing producers MUST register with the Minister within 30 days of [&hellip
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NEW VILLAGE BUILT FROM RECYCLED POLYSTYRENE

NEW VILLAGE BUILT FROM RECYCLED POLYSTYRENE WILL BRING HOPE TO ORPHANS FROM NORTH WEST PROVINCE   Polystyrene Packaging Council (“PSPC”) in partnership with the Mobile Education and Training Trust (“METT”), a Non-Profit Organisation, recently afforded selected guests and members of the media the opportunity to view the new Village of Hope, a R285 million project [&hellip
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SA METAL PACKAGING INDUSTRY POISED FOR GROWTH

“The South African metal packaging industry is poised for growth and is on the cusp of an exciting era as efforts to introduce new technology and improve this packaging material’s environmental credentials are starting to bear fruit.” This was the message that Kishan Singh, Chief Executive Officer of MetPac-SA, delivered at the Australian Institute of [&hellip
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EU plastics industry outraged by European Commission’s proposal to ban single-use plastics

The European Commission recently presented an ambitious new directive to tackle marine litter by introducing a number of measures, including reduction and restriction of selected single-use plastic products, such as disposable balloon sticks, straws, cutlery, plates, cups and food containers. That has the European plastics industry in an uproar. The European Plastics Converters (EuPC) sent [&hellip
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THE IMPACT OF INDUSTRY 4.0 ON MANUFACTURERS

Hosted in Johannesburg, South Africa, the trade and industry hub of Sub-Saharan Africa’s escalating economic prowess, the Manufacturing Indaba 2018 will be set amidst the exciting backdrop of Industry 4.0 which aims to open a gateway of opportunities for existing and prospective manufacturers in the region. Known as the “Fourth Industrial Revolution”, the term Industry [&hellip
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China trash ban is a global recycling wake up call

China’s trash import ban is giving the global recycling industry an enormous headache. The flip side: the world has finally been forced to rethink its approach to waste. Beijing has last year banned the imports of 24 varieties of solid waste, including types of plastic and unsorted paper. On Friday, it extended the ban to [&hellip
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Biggest pollutants on SA beaches during 2017 identified

Plastics|SA recently released the audited results of the biggest pollutants found on our beaches during 2017. According to John Kieser, sustainability manager of Plastics|SA and coordinator of the clean-ups that took place in the Cape provinces, the past few months were spent compiling and analysing the datasheets that were filled in by more than 30,000 [&hellip
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