“A text book example for other municipalities to follow”
Cape Town, 21 September 2015.
The City of Cape Town and Mpact Plastic Containers were awarded the SAPRO Trophy for the Recycled Product of the Year for their Fifty/50 Wheelie Bin that was entered in the Recycled Content Category.
The gala awards ceremony took place at Spier Wine Estate in Stellenbosch earlier tonight, as one of the highlights of this week’s Clean-Up and Recycle Week SA activities (14-19 September) and National Recycling Day that was celebrated around South Africa today.
34 Products in four different categories made it to the finals of this year’s competition that was hosted by the South African Plastics Recycling Organisation (SAPRO) and Plastics|SA – the umbrella body of the local plastics industry. The aim of the competition is to acknowledge products that are made from recycled materials and to encourage brand owners and industrial designers to consider recycled plastics as a material of choice.
“We surely had high hopes when we launched our first Recycled Plastic Product of the Year Awards in 2010. Ambitious and optimistic as we were at the time, we had no idea just how impactful and prestigious this SAPRO initiative would become in later years. Each year that we host this competition, it is proven over and again that talent runs broad and deep in our country and that the plastics recycling industry has an important role to play in South Africa,” said SAPRO Chairman, Jaco Breytenbach.
This sentiment was echoed by the Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs, Barbara Thompson, who officiated the opening of the awards by underlining the importance of partnerships and interaction with stakeholders in the industry. “In 2014, South Africa managed to recycle 315 600 tons of all plastics products manufactured, back into raw material. This is an impressive feat in anybody’s language, placing South Africa amongst the top mechanical recycling countries in the world,” Deputy Minister Thompson said.
Proof of the successes that can be achieved when public and private partnerships take hands to find solutions, could clearly be seen in the Fifty/50 Wheelie Bin that walked away with the overall honours of the night. The City of Cape Town introduced 240 litre wheelie bins for refuse collection in 1991. Traditionally, these bins were made from 100 % virgin PE-HD, but the City of Cape Town recently drew up a specification for the wheelie bins to be manufactured from 50 % recycled PE-HD.
The recycled feedstock for the Fifty/50 wheelie bin is derived from the City of Cape Town’s end-of-life wheelie bins which are manufactured by Mpact Plastic Containers.
The new bins carry a 10 year guaranteed and are subject to all the testing and performance requirements as stipulated in SANS 1494:2007. The City accumulates broken and damaged refuse bins which are collected, cleaned and processed – all under the control of the City and the manufacturer in order to ensure an auditable trail. Currently, there are approximately 800 000 bins serviced weekly throughout the Mother City.
“The Fifty/50 wheelie bin is ground breaking in that the City of Cape Town ignored the traditional concerns with regards to recycled products and compiled a specification for their product in order to ensure reliable, robust and quality performance. They created the first closed loop system of its kind set up between a public authority and a private manufacturer to ensure a steady supply of recyclate. In the last 7 months alone, the City of Cape Town collected 391 tons of bin material in exchange of new Fifty/50 bins. The judges agreed that this was a text book example of how the entire process should be managed as it paves the way for other municipalities in South Africa to follow suit,” commented Anton Hanekom, Executive Director of Plastics|SA and one of the judges of this year’s competition.
Other winners in this year’s competition were:
OVERALL WINNER OF THE SAPRO TROPHY
FLTR: Ruben Brandt, Janine Charters, Loutjie de Jongh and Lance Kallis of Mpact Containers with the SAPRO Trophy for the Recycled Product of the Year Award.
“Recycling is not regarded as a very glamorous industry. Conditions are tough and the work hard, but it is an industry that is fueled by passion and creativity. The SAPRO Best Recycled Product competition therefore offers the ideal platform to acknowledge recyclers and all the parties involved in the value chain for their commitment to diverting waste away from our country’s landfills.
For this reason, each of these entries could have been a worthy and well-deserved winner of the overall Best Recycled Product Award for 2015, as each finalist represented a wide cross-section of the markets for recycled materials.
Whilst recyclate will never be able to fully substitute virgin materials in many applications, but the innovative nature of the South African plastics industry linked to product development and increasing quality testing, many more markets will open for recycled materials in future. We look forward to seeing what the next year’s entries will bring,” Breytenbach concluded.
FLTR: Gavin Paulsen (Lavaplastic), Keith Walters (Lavaplastic), Ruben Brandt (Mpact Containers), Lance Kallis (Mpact Containers), Trevor Anthony Carol (City of Cape Town), Janine Charters (Mpact Plastic Containers), Loutjie de Jongh (Mpact Plastic Containers), Ian Oliver (City of Cape Town), Eunice Smit (City of Cape Town), Stoffel Smit (Trogtek)
FLTR: Fanie Calitz (Venture SA), Hilton Cowie (Aruba ICF), Craig Reilly (USABCO), Hein Kleynhans (Afripak) and Colleen Deetlefs (Ningizimu)
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