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 standards. The 93 235 tonnes of collected...

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METPAC-SA APPOINTS NEW CEO

MetPac-SA has appointed packaging guru Kishan Singh to take over the helm from Delanie Bezuidenhout as the organisation’s new Chief Executive Officer with effect from the 1st of March 2018. Kishan is widely known and respected for his in-depth knowledge, technical and commercial expertise within the metals packaging sector. He obtained his BSc degree (majoring in Chemistry and Biochemistry) from...

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MANUFACTURING INDABA – 19-20 JUNE 2018

      The Manufacturing Indaba will be taking place at the Sandton Convention Centre on 19 & 20 June 2018 Click on the link to see full details and registration http://manufacturingindaba.co.za/

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Designing recyclable packaging for a Circular Economy

Axion (Bramhall, United Kingdom) launch of a new Design for Recycling service aimed at helping the plastic packaging value chain ensures that packaging going into the market is optimized for end of life, while maintaining its primary function of product protection. The circular economy specialist’s service is aimed at a range of stakeholders in the food and beverage supply chain. This includes packaging...

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PLASTICS|SA CLEAN UP CREWS ARE RACE VETERANS AFTER 11 CONSECUTIVE YEARS OF CLEAN-UPS

A dedicated Plastics|SA clean-up team consisting of more than 100 workers employed from informal settlements around Cape Town, once again worked tirelessly to ensure the race routes used for the recent 2018 Cape Town Cycle Tour and Mountain Bike Challenge were kept clean and litter-free. Under the guidance of John Kieser, Sustainability Manager of Plastics|SA, this was the 11th consecutive year...

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Packaging SA’s says farewell to Charles Muller

Charles Muller handed over the reins as Executive Director of Packaging SA to Shabeer Jhetam on 1 March 2018. After almost five years in this role Charles made the decision to step down as he needs to play a more active role in the full-time running of Tufflex, a PP and HD recycling operation where he has been a shareholder and non-executive director up until recently when he was appointed as Managing...

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Polystyrene Association of SA links important members of its value chain

The Polystyrene Association of South Africa managed to take an important step forward towards mapping out the future collection, recycling and selling of polystyrene packaging by hosting a Value Chain Meeting in Cape Town recently. Attending the inaugural meeting were some of the country’s biggest retailers, representatives of the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), local municipalities,...

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Buy local to create jobs

Unemployment in South Africa is at nearly 28%. Even more frightening is that of this percentage, half have never ever worked. Research shows that, if you have never had a job before, your chances of finding employment decreases with each year.  Concerns about unemployment in the country started in 1998. While the country was experiencing growth, the jobs were not forthcoming out of this growth,...

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PLASTICS|SA CLEAN-UP CREWS HELP KEEP ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT OF CAPE TOWN’S TWO MAJOR SPORTING EVENTS AS SMALL AS POSSIBLE

PLASTICS|SA CLEAN-UP CREWS HELP KEEP ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT OF CAPE TOWN’S TWO MAJOR SPORTING EVENTS AS SMALL AS POSSIBLE The Plastics|SA Clean-Up Crews will once again help to ensure that the waste footprint of two of Cape Town’s biggest sporting events taking place in March this year, is kept as small as possible. For the 11th consecutive year, Plastics|SA’s Sustainability Manager, John Kieser,...

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Coca-Cola to collect/recycle equivalent of its packaging sold

By Anne Marie Mohan, Senior Editor, Packaging World Coca-Cola has announced what it says is an industry-first goal to collect and recycle the equivalent of every bottle or can it sells globally by 2030. The company and its global network of bottling partners will tackle the goal, which is part of a holistic plan called World Without Waste, through a renewed focus on the entire packaging life cycle—from...

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