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Plastics: Enabling the demand and supply for recyclate

Plastic packaging contains 13% post-consumer recycled content in South Africa. This very low percentage needs to be dramatically increased to grow the country’s recycling industry.

Most post-consumer recyclate is currently used in durable applications such as irrigation pipes, polyester fibre and construction material. We need more innovative end markets – especially for primary and secondary plastic packaging – to have higher levels of post-consumer recycled content.

This concise fact sheet captures the big need, as well as the main barriers to recycling and inclusion of recycled content as identified from interviews with stakeholders across the plastic packaging value chain. It also highlights eight essential interventions to offer solutions to the barriers identified by industry stakeholders.

A practical infographic shows the interdependence of each stakeholder in the plastics value chain, and the specific roles and interconnected actions needed to accelerate towards a vibrant recycling industry and a circular economy.

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Plastics - Enabling the demand and supply for recyclate Fact Sheet

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