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New proposals map out how SA govt plans to increase its effort to recycle plastic

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Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Barbara Creecy. (Jan Gerber/ News24)
Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Barbara Creecy. (Jan Gerber/ News24)

The government is gearing up for a radical and pervasive change to how plastic carrier bags will be manufactured in the future.

Authorities want plastic carrier bags and plastic flat bags to be made from a minimum of 50% post-consumer recyclate from 1 January 2023.

Recyclate refers to raw material sent to, and processed in, a waste recycling plant or materials recovery facility.

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