PACSA - PACKAGING COUNCIL OF
(AN ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED UNDER SECTION 21, REG. NO. 1985/01427/08)
Ms Albertina Kazaza
15 November 2007
NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT: WASTE BILL
Packaging Council of South Africa (PACSA) is a Section 21 Company which
represents the leadership in the Packaging Industry in
Packaging is an essential part of modern life, it allows individuals to consume fresh uncontaminated products in the quantities they require anywhere in the world.
the contents and thus saves more waste than it creates. In a study
undertaken recently in
We have been extensively involved in the public participation hearings and have made submissions to DEAT on the Draft Waste Bill. We would like to record our appreciation of the professional manner in which DEAT dealt with our concerns, the majority of which have been addressed in the document presented to Parliament.
However, there is one issue which we would like to draw to your attention. Sectors of the Packaging Industry have been applying the principles of Extended Producer Responsibility for some years and have achieved impressive results in the areas of Reduce, Re-use and Recycle and we detail below some of these initiatives which have been initiated and funded by the various packaging sectors.
Directors: M. Arnold (Vice President, British), R. Crewe-Brown, N. Cumming (President), L Dhlomo, G Loubser, B Mahl, A. Marthinusen (Executive Director), N. Naidoo, K. Pearson, M.T. Spence, B.K. Thomas, R Trickett, R.P. Von Veh, R.Zimmerman
Technology has enabled the packaging industry to reduce mass without compromising the basic functions of the pack.
Ø The beverage can in SA has reduced in mass from 62g in 1966 to 33g today.
Ø A glass beverage bottle has reduced in weight by 18% over the last ten years.
Ø The 2 litre PET (plastic) cool drink bottle has reduced from 90g when it was introduced to 52g today.
Ø Detergent refill packs have reduced packaging material by 70%.
the malt beer industry in
Ø Metal beverage cans
Collect-a-can has collected over 750 000 tons of beverage cans since its inception in the early 1990's. Currently the recycling rate is 67% of cans sold.
paper industry in 2006 collected and recycled 965 000 tons
of paper in
of mills using recycled materials in
The Glass Recycling Company was formed in 2006 with the intention of doubling the collection and recycling rate to over 50% in the next five years. This is being made possible by investments of over R50 million in automatic colour sorting equipment at the glass factories.
recycling rate for packaging plastics in
The above are examples of Extended Producer Responsibility and we believe that the Memoranda of Understanding which are already in place, or which are still being negotiated, should be accorded the status of Industry Waste Management Plans (section 7 of the Bill).
Equally the Minister should have reasonable grounds for introducing Extended Producer Responsibility Measures as defined in Section18.
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to express our views