JOHANNESBURG – South Africa seems to be on the right path with regards to recycling plastic in efforts to save our planet.
According to a study by Plastics South Africa, an umbrella body representing the South African plastics industry, more than 519,370 tons of plastic waste was collected for recycling in 2018. This was enough to save oil that could fuel 200,000 cars for a year, travelling 30,000 km/year.
Plastic recycling grew by 6.7% in 2018 from 2017, saving 246,000 tons of carbon dioxide (the equivalent emissions of 51,200 cars in the same year).
The plastic recycling industry also impacted positively on job creation and the economy, providing direct employment to more than 7,800 people last year and injecting R2.3 billion into the informal sector through the purchasing of recyclable plastic waste.
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