Registration with the Polyco Industry Waste Management Plan as per requirement of  S28 (3b) of the National Environmental Management : Waste Act 2008 (Act No. 59 of 2008)

Polyco has drafted an Industry Waste Management Plan for the polyolefin plastic packaging sector in response to the Department of Environmental Affairs Section 28 Call for Industry Waste Management Plans.

For more information contact :
Francois Marais | (Inland and Coastal Region).

Once we have received your information, we will contact you and forward you the relevant contracts for completion.

Membership Applications

Register to be kept informed about the IWMP

Membership FAQs

If you are not yet a member of Polyco and do not have your own IWMP, please read the Section 28 notice below, then decide whether you would like to subscribe to the Polyco IWMP. This Notice covers the “Intention to call for Industry Waste Management Plans (IWMP) “and was published on 12th September 2016.

A key definition in the Section 28 Notice is that of “Producer” which refers to:

  • Any person or category of persons engaged in the commercial manufacture, conversion, refurbishment or import of new and /or used paper and packaging materials;
  • Importers of goods wrapped in primary or secondary packaging material, and includes everything that is imported in packaging.

We do not recommend that you develop your own plan but suggest that you rather become part of the Polyco IWMP. Polyco will develop an Industry Waste Management Plan for the specific material waste streams that they represent i.e. Polyolefins (HDPE, LDPE, LLDP and PP). These plans, together with submissions from the paper, metal and glass packaging sectors, will form part of a greater Paper and Packaging Industry Waste Management Plan. Packaging SA will develop the macro strategy and activities and will submit all these plans together as one plan for approval by DEA.

We value the support of all Stakeholders and your subscription to our plan will demonstrate to Government that we have an efficient and effective operating model, in order to address the management of polyolefin packaging waste in South Africa.

Click here to view the Government Gazette Notice, No. 40270

Click here
to for more information on what polyolefins are.

Click here to read FAQ on what qualifies you to join Polyco’s IWMP

Read below on how to join Polyco’s IWMP

Complete the Polyco Stakeholder Form if you wish to subscribe to our Plan.

Please click here to read the National Pricing Strategy for Waste Management 11 August 2016.

Please click here for the Notice Of Intention To Call For Plans, issued on 12 September 2016

Please contact Francois Marais on +27 71 475 6586 or email should you require assistance in Membership/Stakeholder applications. Alternatively click here to fill in an membership/stakeholder application form.

The polymer producers, Safripol, Sasol and Plastomark will invoice you. These invoices will include the EPR levy as a separate line item, and must be paid within the agreed terms to the polymer supplier. Imports will need to be declared to Polyco monthly. Polyco will then invoice you for the EPR levy and this must be paid to within the agreed terms.

The EPR levy is also applicable to all polyolefins imported into South Africa. Converters will need to submit a monthly import declaration form, whereupon an invoice will be generated by Polyco for the EPR levy.

You will be required to sign up as a member of Polyco and pay an annual EPR levy on the basis of 0.05% of the previous years’ annual import value declared.

You will be required to sign up as an Associate member of Polyco and pay an annual EPR levy of R10 000.00.

Client confidential information will not be shared outside the Polyco operations team. The Polyco Board does not see individual converter information, but will only see consolidated figures for the total Company.

Yes, Tri-partite agreements and Converter consent forms are required to be signed.

Polyco’s funding support programme is focused on supporting the entire recycling industry value chain, namely the polyolefin Recyclers and Collectors. There is a cost to sustainable practices, to ultimately prevent the discarded packaging from going to landfill site. It needs to be collected, separated and recycled – and this costs money.

The key categories of project support include:

  1. Supply Chain Efficiency projects
  2. Visible Consumer/End Use Development projects
  3. Quality Testing
  4. Waste Beneficiation for multi-layer plastics i.e. pyrolysis or incineration.


It is also used for education and awareness purposes, to change the behaviours of consumers to act responsibly and recycle their used packaging.

The current EPR levy is R110 per ton.

Polyco recommends that you do. As this will become a mandated charge, once the legislation is finalised, it should form part of your cost base and be recovered in your selling prices.