In light of the confusion in the industry surrounding the payment of EPR levy’s, we would like to issue the following communication as clarification of Polyco’s stance regarding who is responsible for the collection of the levy for PET Thermoform Packaging and how it should be practically administered.
Please remember that in order to be compliant under the EPR legislation and a good standing member of Polyco, you must be submitting monthly tonnage declaration forms to Polyco and paying the invoices that you receive from Polyco. If you are an indirect-paying member, please still submit a ‘nil’ declaration form and indicate on the form who is paying on your behalf.
PET Thermoform Packaging MODEL STANDARDISATION
Polyco would like to inform its members that it will be standardising the levy collection model for PET Thermoform Packaging. This is largely due to the fact that we are primarily collecting the EPR levy from the packaging manufacturer. The following roles and responsibilities will apply in this instance:
Brand Owners (including retailers selling product under their own brand)
We hope that the above provides adequate guidance. Please feel free to reach out to us at email@example.com if you have any further questions.
As a pro-active response to the growing national concern around waste and its impact on society and the environment, the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment (DFFE) published the final section 18 Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Regulations for the paper and packaging industry, electrical and electronic industry and lighting industry in Government Gazette 44539 on the 5th May 2021.
This new legislation officially came into effect on 5 November 2021 and legally mandates producers to demonstrate their Extended Producer Responsibility, or EPR, by achieving published legislated targets. This can be done by either joining an existing Producer Responsibility Organisations (or PRO) or forming a new, independent PRO or EPR scheme that will manage their products at end of life.
Instead of supporting the out-dated linear approach of producing, using and discarding valuable materials such as plastic, paper, glass and metals, the focus is now on developing circular economies within South Africa – where the value of waste is never lost, but is kept within the economy by ensuring that these materials are diverted from landfill to be reused and recycled into many new and useful materials.
Polyco (Plastics Responsibility Organisation NPC) is a non-profit company focused on making waste a valuable resource that works for our economy. We aim to grow the collection and recycling of plastic packaging in South Africa, to promote the responsible use and reuse of this plastic packaging and to end plastic waste in the environment. We have recently increased our scope to represent all plastic packaging polymer types under mandatory EPR, including PET, HDPE, PVC, LDPE, PP, PS and Multi-Layer. This has allowed Polyco to become a “one-stop shop” that is capable of supporting all plastic product producers, retailers and manufacturers. To this end, the Polystyrene Association of SA and VinylLoop, the EPR arm of the Southern African Vinyls Association, has merged its operations with those of Polyco with effect from the 1st of September 2021.
Polyco’s mission is to reduce the amount of plastic packaging going to landfill and to end plastic waste in the environment. This is done 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. Our members pay a levy for every tonne of virgin polymer purchased from either local or overseas raw material suppliers. In turn, we ensure that their extended producer responsibilities are met and ensure that they remain compliant under new packaging sustainability laws.
Producers who place in excess of 10 tonnes of identified products onto the
market on an annual basis, responsible for extended producer responsibility under the regulations shall be identified subject to the following criteria:
IF YOU DO NOT OPERATE OFFICIALY IN SA:
If you do not operate in South Africa as an enterprise registered in SA, then the producer shall be:
Members will be able to track information such as invoices as well as rebates that may be due.
The South African Plastics Pact and the South African Initiative to End Plastic Waste are two local initiatives, both aligned to global initiatives, that will have a positive impact on the design and circularity of plastic packaging and address the amount that will potentially end up in the environment. The South African Plastics Pact is linked to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastic Economy, and the South African Initiative to End Plastic Waste is linked to the Global Alliance to End Plastic Waste.
These two local initiatives are fundamentally different, with different areas of focus and targeted stakeholders, but ultimately, if they work together, they can address many of the challenges South Africa faces in terms of the generation and management of plastic waste.
The full value chain within the plastics industry needs to work together to achieve the overarching plastic targets for South Africa. Polyco is proud to support both these initiatives and welcomes the focus of the SA Plastics Pact, where brand owners and retailers commit to the targets and then set their own road maps to achieve them, supported by the PROs, where applicable.
To learn more about the Plastic Pact please visit: https://www.saplasticspact.org.za/