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Clean-up and Recycle Competition Winners

Kabega Primary wins Clean-up and Recycle Competition

Kabega Primary School in Port Elizabeth has once again proven their mettle as a group of learners committed to sustainability and cleaning up their environment, by emerging victorious in Plastics|SA’s annual Clean-Up and Recycle Competition.

The aim of this yearly competition is to encourage schools, organisations and the public to involve their friends, family and communities in a clean-up or recycling activity. Entrants are requested to supply us with a short report and photographs of their initiatives as part of our Clean-Up and Recycle SA Week activities.

This event was sponsored by Plastics|SA’s Sustainability Council, Pioneer Plastics and Tufflex and offered exciting prizes, including cash prizes, a 6-seater picnic table and a 3-seater bench made from recycled plastics and a four-in-one recycling station.

Entries for this year’s competition came from schools around South Africa.  We judged the entries based on how many participants were involved in their respective projects and whether they managed to involve their community. Kabega Primary was a clear winner and stood out for us because of the amount of recycling and other environmental and sustainability work it does.This school is clearly dedicated to making a difference in their environment as they organized clean-ups in Baakens River Valley, Willows and Seaview.

The school received as its prize an award certificate and a bench made of recycled plastic which was placed in the Grade 1 area of the school, in order to make the little ones aware of the school’s green emphasis.

Second Prize in the Primary School Category went to Vaalpark Primary:

3rd Prize in the Primary School Category went to Vaalpark Primary:

Louise Van Tonder, of Klerksdorp was named the winner in the Organisation Category.  Louise singlehandedly runs a collection and recycling facility in Klerksdorp, constantly educating her community on the value of recycling.

We were once again unbelievably impressed with how industrious, creative and motivated the young people were when it came to bringing about real and lasting change in their environments.  We wish to extend our congratulations and compliments to every entrant on their exceptional effort and look forward to next year’s entries.





PISA Conference with a difference

PISA LOGOPlastics Institute of South Africa Annual International Conference

Spier Estate, Stellenbosch

9 – 10 November 2017

Industry 4.0, Industrie 4.0 or the fourth industrial revolution, is the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. It includes cyber-physical systems, the Internet of things and cloud computing.

Industry 4.0 creates what has been called a “smart factory”. Within the modular structured smart factories, cyber-physical systems monitor physical processes, create a virtual copy of the physical world and make decentralized decisions. Over the Internet of Things, cyber-physical systems communicate and cooperate with each other and with humans in real time, and via the Internet of Services, both internal and cross-organizational services are offered and used by participants of the value chain.

Three leading SA universities who offer Polymer Training Programs will be participating viz. Tshwane University of Technology, University of Pretoria and Stellenbosch University. They will catalyse the events by involving academic staff and post graduate students, so that industry can provide guidance as to entry into this sector. Students’ presentations will be peer reviewed to maintain high standards and the participation of international students will also be encouraged.

As PISA is an institute representing members from the industrial sector, the events will be highly geared to providing a platform for industry captains and specialists to present about the latest technologies and trends.

Although not comprehensive, and by way of example, could include the following thrusts:
•    New Materials
•    Latest Conversion Technologies
•    Modern production technologies
•    Ancillary Equipment
•    Product Design and Testing
•    Automotive
•    Environmental
•    Training
•    Packaging
•    Medical
•    Consumer
•    Industry 4.0 (Internet of things)

2017 Technical Seminars

TUT Pretoria West Campus, IndustryGrid

Tuesday 6 June 2017:          15:00 to 20:00 Technical Seminar: The global Cleantech Innovation Programme for SMEs in South Africa, followed by Wine Tasting

Thursday 27 July 2017:        14:00 to 19:00 Technical Seminar followed by Wine Tasting
Thursday 21 Sep 2017:        14:00 to 19:00 Technical Seminar followed by Wine Tasting

Call for Papers

Presentations covering any aspect of the Polymer Industry in the context of Industry4.0 are encouraged to provide a window on the very exciting developments in the sector, either current or planned.

Papers should be of 30 minute duration including questions, and should be submitted to Bob Bond at including Title of Talk, Speaker Details, and a paragraph that will be featured in the official program.




Colouring in for the Environment

To celebrate 20 years of involvement in International Cleanup coordination in KZN, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, together with partners Plastics|SA, Coca-Cola, DEA and Garbie, have developed a ‘colouring book’ which is sure to be a hit with both young and young at heart, which will be handed out during Cleanup & Recycle Week – 12 to 17 September 2016.

col book

Download the colouring-in book and share the joy whilst encouraging awareness of our marine environment!  If you are unable to download, kindly request the pdf version from








Types of plastics

We use plastic products to help make our lives cleaner, easier, safer and more enjoyable. You will find plastics in the clothes we wear, the houses we live in, and the cars we travel in. The toys we play with, the televisions we watch, the computers we use and the CDs we listen to contain plastics. Even the toothbrush you use every day contains plastics.

Plastics are organic, the same as wood, paper or wool. The raw materials for plastics production are natural products such as cellulose, coal, natural gas, salt and, of course, crude oil. Plastics are today’s and tomorrow’s materials of choice because they make it possible to balance modern day needs with environmental concerns.

The plastics family is quite diverse. A range of additives are used to enhance the natural properties of the different types of plastics – to soften them, colour them, make them more processable or longer lasting.  Today not only are there are many, many different types of plastics, but products can be made rigid or flexible, opaque, transparent, or coloured; insulating or conducting; fire-resistant etc., through the use of additives.

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How 2 Guides

How 2 know the difference when it comes to Plastic Water Bottlesicon


PET bottles are a valuable resource.  Make sure that you recycle them.  Download  the How 2 Guide on Water Bottle Recycling.

How 2 Recycle Multi-layer Plasticsicon


Multi-layer packaging can now be recycled.  Find out how by downloading the latest in our series of How 2 Guides.

How to safely use Polystyrene


In the food sector, the degree of safety offered by a packaging material is a critical component in its evaluation.

There is often a big divide between  truth and perception based on hearsay or rumours.  Whilst hearsay is based on a subjective, emotional or limited understanding of an issue at hand, the truth is validated through independent study and close academic scrutiny.

The use of plastics is arguably one of the most researched topics in food applications around the world today.  Thousands of rands and countless man hours are being spent annually and around the world to research the safety of the various types of plastics which come into direct contact with food.  This how to guides aims to clarify many of the myths that exist around this plastic.

How to Recycle Plastics effectively


Recycling benefits both the environment and the economy.



Where do plastics come from?

The Origin of Plastics

Every day, plastics contribute to our health, safety and peace of mind. But how was plastic discovered?

The development of plastic materials started with the use of natural materials with plastic properties (e.g., chewing gum, shellac) then evolved with the development of chemically modified natural materials (e.g., rubber, nitrocellulose, collagen, galalite) and finally the wide range of completely synthetic material that we would recognise as modern plastics started to be developed around 100 years ago.

The first man-made plastic was invented by Alexander Parkes in 1855 who called it Parkesine.  Parkes unveiled his discovery in 1862 at the Great International Exhibition in London. This material was an organic material derived from cellulose, that once heated could be moulded, but retained its shape when cooled. Parkes claimed that this new material could do anything rubber was capable of, but at a lower price. He had discovered something that could be transparent as well as carved into thousands of different shapes.

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) was first polymerised between 1838-1872 and a key breakthrough came in 1907 when Leo Baekeland created Bakelite, the first real synthetic, mass-produced plastic.

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