Recycling increases job creation - Sapro

2011-07-04 16:18

Johannesburg - An increase in countywide recycling has led to job creation and economic growth, the South African Plastic Recycling Organisation (Sapro) said on Monday.

"Recycling a ton of waste has twice the economic impact of burying it in the ground," Sapro said in a statement.

A survey done by Sapro and the SA Plastics Federation revealed there was a 32% increase in the tons of plastic recycled from 2006 to 2009.

Recycling one additional ton of waste would pay R1 095 per ton more in salaries, produce R4 905 more in goods and services, and generate R1.3m more in sales than disposing of it in a landfill.

The survey showed that 48.8% of all recyclable materials were obtained from "post-consumer sources" such as landfills.

During those four years of the survey 28.9% of all plastic packaging was recycled. This meant 165 772 tons of packaging were recycled.

There were between 200 and 220 plastics recycling manufacturers in SA. These companies employ 4 800 people and also create 35 000 indirect jobs that have an annual payroll of R250m, Sapro said.

General Manager for Sapro Annabe Pretorius said the most significant impacts of plastic recycling were job creation, the reduction of carbon footprints and the re-use of non-renewable resources.

"Without this industry there would be more than 35 000 employees who would not have work and the industry is growing steadily with more and more manufacturers being created, which is creating more jobs."

Pretorius said consumers, recyclers and the industry as a whole have a huge role to play in helping the recycling statistics to increase.

The survey showed that the number of environmentally conscious public was increasing and people were keen to get involved in some form of recycling products.

  • Judith - 2011-07-04 16:26

    The amount of money to be made from recycling could prove a major source of job creation if it is handled correctly. It will also save on landfill requirements.

  • Gavin Hardie - 2011-07-04 16:30

    How is the recycling of the supermarket plastic bags going? I'm pretty sure we've contributed billions towards that by now.

  • chingon - 2011-07-04 16:36

    I wish that it could be made a bit easier to recycle, don't get me wrong I collect all of my plastic bottles bags etc, glass and paper. But it is a pain getting it to the recycling depot. The local bins are awkward to use, paper and bottles need to be fed in individually, it can take forever.

  • cyber_writer - 2011-07-04 17:42

    Well, I am just about the ONLY person who puts out orange bags (with all the recyclabe stuff in), so I don't even know if most of the other residents in my street (I live in Pietermaritzburg) even know what the word recycling means. There needs to be way more education. I don't live in an upmarket leafy suburb - why is it taken for granted that the less well off areas are just automatically a mess, - just because I don't have lots of money, doesn't mean I can't make an effort to keep the streets clean but it would appear that many do not think the way I do, - "it's the attitude of I'll litter & why must I recycle? Ah, but it's not my job to help keep the streets clean, one must create employment......" That seems to be a common South African mindset........

  • Vince York - 2011-08-13 07:51

    So does "KEEPING EVERYTHING CLEAN" represent millions of jobs. (note that poorest begging nations are always filthiest) Recycling should merely be a run-off from that very basic notion of cleanliness & in SA by laws were in place most parts of the country in the 1960's already. Another is NOT BURNING in city limits, in line with health & greening requirements, YET in SA cities we have reverted to burning coal fires for a mealie and all grasslands denying others jobs. [Similarly bylaws for safety around swimming pools was strictly enforced until a new regime arrived and unwittingly tried to make as though no civilization had ever been before them in the short lived rainbow.] "MAINTAINING" equipment and infrastructure is another efficient manner of keeping people employed (with skilled, long term, carrying benefits jobs){note that the poorest begging nations are always those that LOOT their coffers to primp ego's and dictators and his acolytes, rather than maintain and repair/replace the bare necessities for progressive society's to grow} Elevating respect and position along with remuneration in society of highly educated elders and teachers aligns nations with long term success and quality of life, rather than as in the poorest nations fornicating with many spouses to provide further unemployable children as additional chattels to be the labour force for personal patriarchal security in the sick days once attaining the wonderful short life expectancy, 39-49 years old.

  • Zion - 2011-08-13 09:00

    One of the growing problems is the accumulation of beer bottles especially the 330mL and beer cans. Due to there being no deposit paid for returns they end up in every place imaginable. It would be an interesting exercise to have a cost sheet made up to see the viability of recycling them. Should it not be viable then the liquor outlets must be green taxed to compensate for the environmental effects.

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