With 59 million people in South Africa, there is enormous pressure to reduce the amount of packaging waste sent to our country’s landfills or which ends up as visible litter in the environment.
For this reason, DFFE implemented the new Section 18 Regulations to the Waste Act on 5 November 2021.
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Reducing the number of plastic PRO’s
In the previous voluntary EPR landscape, South Africa had seven individual Producer Responsibility Organisations (PROs) who managed the EPR schemes for the various different packaging streams, namely PETCO, Polyco, the Polystyrene Association, Southern African Vinyls Association, The Glass Recycling Company, Fibre Circle and MetPac-SA.
Polyco and VinylLoop Merger
Under the new mandatory EPR, VinylLoop (SAVA’s EPR division set up to deal with PVC packaging waste) amalgamated with Polyco from the 1st of September 2021.
This merger between Polyco and VinylLoop does not mean that SAVA will cease to exist. As the focus of the new legislation is on packaging waste (of which PVC forms less than 2%) SAVA will continue with its activities and focus on product stewardship, promoting the use of vinyl products and protecting the local markets – the majority of which are in long-term applications such as building, construction, medical applications, footwear and clothing etc.
NEM (National Environmental Management) WASTE ACT SECTION 18
PLASTIC – PRODUCERS|BRAND OWNERS|RETAILERS|IMPORTERS
The following are required for producers:
- Existing producers had to register with the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries from 5 May and no later than 5 November 2021 (as per the amended EPR regulations released on 15 January 2021).
- Join or form an EPR scheme that includes the entire value chain. Be accountable for the operation and performance of an EPR scheme.
- Pay the appropriate fees to the EPR scheme.
- Fulfil monitoring and reporting obligations – started Q1 2022.