The South African Plastics Pact sets ambitious value chain goals to be achieved by 2025, and businesses, government, producer responsibility organizations, non-governmental organizations and retailers are collaborating and developing solutions to ensure that plastics are eliminated, reused or recycled, says the large distributor Spar Group responsible for packaging Devin Galtrey.
SA Plastics Pact members are working to eliminate problematic plastics, reduce the total amount of packaging on supermarket shelves, drive innovation and new business models that will help build a stronger recycling system in South Africa.
The initiative has given retailers the opportunity to take concerted action to create sustainable products at scale, Galtrey explains.
“It translates into decisions about what to put on the shelves. We all speak a common language and ask ourselves what are the most thoughtful choices we can make with everyone in mind that offer socio-economic development and environmental impact, but are also commercially viable, ”he adds. -he.
“Over the past two years, and for the first time, we are all on a common path and working together to bring about a change that will achieve the ambitious goals of the 2025 Compact. [of 100% of plastic packaging to be reusable or recyclable or compostable, 70% of plastic packaging effectively recycled and 30% average recycled content across all plastic packaging].
“These are huge goals that require massive change and we can only achieve them if we fundamentally rethink the way we design, use and reuse plastic. To achieve this, we need new technologies, new business models and the mobilization of the entire value chain, ”he says.
The SA Plastics Pact is focused on driving a circular economy for plastics, bringing about change by tackling plastic waste and pollution at the root.
It is more ambitious and comprehensive than any current or previous initiative as it has bold, clear and time-bound circular economy goals for 2025 against which members report progress annually, ensuring that this collaboration will result in significant changes by 2025, Galtrey says.
“The problem of plastic waste is so important that the government cannot manage it alone. The only way for us to make a meaningful change is for everyone to take responsibility for how we use plastic and how we get rid of it, ”he says.
Plastic waste is not just a problem in South Africa, and stakeholders around the world are working together to develop innovative methods to tackle the plastics scourge. The Plastics Pact Network is a globally aligned response to plastic waste that connects national and regional initiatives around the world to implement solutions towards a circular plastics economy.
South Africa joined the Plastics Pact Network in August 2019 and members of the SA Plastics Pact are also committed to creating a circular economy for plastics, capturing their value to ensure plastics never become waste, a said Galtrey.