Polyco (the Polyolefin Responsibility Organisation NPC) is focused on making waste a valuable resource that works for our economy. We aim to grow the collection and recycling of polyolefin plastic packaging in South Africa and to promote the responsible use and reuse of this plastic packaging. Our mission is to reduce the amount of plastic packaging going to landfill and to end plastic waste in the environment. Polyco does this by collaborating with multiple stakeholders, by investing in recycling innovation and infrastructure in South Africa, and by educating both the industry and the consumer about recycling.
Polyco was established as a non-profit organisation in 2011 by a group of South Africa’s responsible polyolefin plastic-packaging converters to deal with polymer identification codes 2, 4, 5 and 7. We represent the largest polymer group in SA, with approximately 196 000 tonnes of polyolefin packaging being mechanically recycled annually. We are funded by our members, who are passionate about the environment and are committed to realising a clean South Africa. Our members pay a voluntary levy for every tonne of virgin polymer purchased from either local or overseas raw material suppliers, and in turn we ensure that their extended producer responsibilities are performed by Polyco.
Polyco focuses its funding support and resources in two key strategic areas, namely the implementation of infrastructure projects and innovation/end-use development projects. These form part of our core strategic pillars on which the continued growth of polyolefin recycling volumes is based.
The Polyco-supported mobile separation-at-source collection business, Packa-Ching, develops business enterprises who collect used recyclable packaging material from the public in low income and informal areas, areas that are often overlooked with regard to recycling. Each kilogram of recyclable material brought to a Packa-Ching unit is weighed and paid for via a cashless payment system. In September Packa-Ching has recently reached the milestone of having paid out a total of over R2.2 million to it’s users across South Africa and collected over 2800 tonnes of recyclable packaging material.
Please visit the Packa-Ching website for more information.
Million+ Plastic Recycling Revolution
Polyco launched the Million Plus Plastic Recycling Revolution campaign to South African consumers to encourage the eradication of plastic waste in our environment. The Million+ is an initiative to change the country’s behaviour and get more South Africans recycling their plastic packaging – keeping used packaging out of the environment, out of landfill, and putting it back into the recycling value chain. If each new recycling revolutionary recruits their ‘+1’, we can reach over 1 million South Africans!
Please visit the Million+ website for more information.