Plastics|SA's Enviromark has initiated an annual RECYCLING DAY for South Africa on 16 September. This day falls during Cleanup SA Week (12 - 17 September 2011) and aims to increase awareness by educating the community about the social, environmental and economic benefits of recycling. Visit www.recyclingday-SA.co.za for details.
Download our poster and make sure that everyone in your office and classroom is aware of it.
Gauteng Recycling Forum
On the 9th of September, 90 members of the plastics and recycling industry, as well as government officials, attended the Recycling in Gauteng workshop. Presenters included representatives from the NRF, WESSA, SA Teacher, Edu-Self and Moonprint, and the audience were entertained by a very meaningful drama presented by theJahmy Recycling Drama Group.
If you would like to get involved, or attend the next Workshop, kindly email Douw Steyn.
"The Implementation of the Waste Act - Making Recycling work in Gauteng" (on Government and Industry Working Partnerships).
To download the presentations, simply click on the underlined words.
Focus on Gauteng Recycling:
For further information on the GRF and forthcoming workshops, kindly contact Douw Steyn.
Plastics|SA facilitates and drives the plastics industry's Environmental Initiative (the Enviromark), in partnership with others.
Plastics|SA’s strategic environmental intent is to enhance waste collection and recycling, with Industry’s involvement and at their cost. Effectively a form of ‘extended producer responsibility’.
In January 1997 Plastics|SA’s Environmental Division, together with key players in the industry, embarked on a campaign to make a meaningful contribution towards environmental responsibility; also to meet funding requirements for various projects as requirements had expanded to the point where normal Federation resources no longer sufficed. This campaign centred on a defined Brand and logo – the Plastics Enviromark – registered in the name of Plastics|SA, which participants now use under licence.
“Plastics|SA is committed to the sustainability of the environment,” says Douw Steyn, Environmental Director. “Our commitment is evident through our multi-faceted approach to the environment.” The Environmental Division strategy is comprised of:
- Funding of Enviromark activities - by industry, through projects and business plans and through partnerships with other Associations such as PETCO, the PSPC and Buyisa-e-Bag.
- Building and fostering networks, contacts and partnerships with Government, Enviro Associations, and Industry, locally and internationally.
- Litter awareness – that addresses plastics littering and ensures participation of organisations and the general public in litter awareness campaigns.
- Education and awareness – to support and initiate awareness and educational programmes with specific focus areas, target groups and projects, with sustainable outcomes.
- Plastic recovery and recycling – that addresses and promotes the collection / recovery and the recycling of plastics by polymer.
- Information and communication – to inform the plastics chain and general community on projects undertaken and to address plastics environmental issues.
- Development of Industry cluster groups such as polystyrene, vinyl and polyolefins; whose main concern is the protection of their industry sector
The Environmental Initiative has – from the very beginning – strongly promoted plastics recycling and the local plastics recycling industry.
Today the plastics industry Environmental Initiative stands firmly behind a well-structured programme of education and awareness creation that is focused on the main cause of litter: irresponsible social attitudes of the majority of South African citizens.
For more information on the Environmental Initiative or other Environmental Issues contact Douw Steyn or Delanie Bezuidenhout on Tel: +27 11 314 4021, Fax: 011-314-3765.