Report Trade and the Circular Economy: Plastics Action in South Africa
On Monday, Global Plastic Action Partnership, a platform at the World Economic Forum presented the report titled, Trade and Circular Economy: Plastics Action in South Africa. This publication was co-written by TheRockGroup and Tralac (Trade Law Center). You can download the full report via the form below (text continues afterwards).
Key points for circularity of plastics in South-Africa
Different stakeholders from the trade, plastic, environmental, and sustainability industries discussed the necessary steps to achieve a circular economy for plastics in South Africa. Some key points that were raised/agreed upon were that circularity asks for:
- A country wise assessment with a regional outlook
- Standardization: harmonized standards for recyclable and reusable plastics
- Collaboration of all stakeholders e.g governments, customs, manufacturers, distributors, supermarkets, customers, plastic reclaimers
- Creation and enforcement of homogeneous/uniform labels and definitions of types of plastics
- Revamped trade agreements e.g, mainstreaming of circularity clauses in trade agreements
- Enhanced management of plastic and plastic waste at the borders
- More data, and more transparency
Findings of the publication
A sneak peek at the findings of the publication:
- South Africa has the potential to be a regional leader in plastic recycling and circularity
- Single use plastics for fast moving goods are growing exponentially in SA
- Most packaging in SA is not designed for recyclability or reuse
- SA faces the challenge of poor waste management infrastructure
- SA needs to review import and export quotas, why are imports more than exports?
- South Africa needs to speed up their plastic game
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