The aim of the “Design for Recycling for Packaging and Paper in SA” guide is to encourage designers to consider recycling possibilities, provide guidelines for those wishing to make their packaging (more) recyclable and provide everyone with information to prevent their packaging inadvertently interfering with existing plastic recycling streams.
Climate change and sustainable development are two of the biggest issues facing society today. It is therefore increasingly important for companies to reduce the environmental impacts of products and services through their whole life cycle. Companies failing to address environmental performance in product design and development will find it increasingly difficult to compete in the global market.
Packaging should be designed to satisfy technical, consumer and customer needs in a way that minimises environmental impact. These guidelines focus on the design of plastic packaging to facilitate recycling and represent a small but important aid for the journey to sustainable production and consumption
The 2018 Recycling Survey provides the Plastics|SA survey results for domestic virgin plastics consumption and recovery tonnages for 2018. All materials recycled or reprocessed in South Africa are expressed as a percentage of locally manufactured plastics products.