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Recycling of Waste and Scrap
BY Yasmim Mahomedy
South Africa
15 July 2019
R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
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Recycling of Waste and Scrap


South Africa recycles approximately 75% of all of its used steel beverage cans, 40.6% of glass and 30% of plastic packaging. The most recent available figures show that the waste economy contributed approximately R24.3bn to South Africa’s GDP in 2016. Estimates indicate that there are more than 100,000 people earning an income from recycling. About 98 million tons of waste is deposited across the country’s 826 landfill sites and less than 40% is recycled. In its 2018 annual State of Waste report, the Department of Environmental Affairs said that South Africa produces 54 million tons of general waste and 67 million tons of hazardous waste, with only 6% of the latter being recycled.


Recycling Growth


Plastics recycling in South Africa continues to grow, with more than 334,727 tons recycled back into raw material in 2017. South Africa’s plastic recycling rate of 43.7% fares better than Europe’s 31.1%. The Glass Recycling Company reported that the recycling rate for all glass packaging increased to 41.5% during the 2016/2017 financial year from 41.1% in 2015/2016. The total number of glass banks in South Africa is 4,017 and 82% of glass bottles were diverted from landfills. South Africa is one of the world leaders in metal packaging recycling, with 75.8% of all metal packaging recovered in 2017, compared to 73% in 2016. South Africa produces approximately 360,000 tons of e-waste per annum but only 25,000 to 35,000 tons is recycled.


Report Coverage


This report focuses on the recycling of waste and scrap in South Africa. It describes the size and state of the industry and the factors that influence it, including regulation and the state of the waste economy and landfill sites. There are profiles of 32 companies including Collect-a-Can, which recycles approximately 72% of all beverage cans in South Africa and e-waste recyclers Universal Recycling Company and Desco Electronic Recyclers.


Page
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 5
2.2. Geographic Position 6
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 7
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 8
4.1. Local 8
4.1.1. Regulations 12
4.1.2. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 16
4.2. Continental 17
4.3. International 18
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 19
5.1. Government Initiatives 19
5.2. Public and Private Sector Initiatives 20
5.3. Economic Environment 20
5.4. Rising Operating Costs 21
5.5. Lack of Consumer Awareness 21
5.6. Labour 22
5.7. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 24
5.8. Environmental Concerns 25
6. COMPETITION 26
6.1. Barriers to Entry 27
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 28
8. OUTLOOK 29
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 29
10. REFERENCES 30
10.1. Publications 30
10.2. Websites 30
APPENDIX 1 32
Summary of Notable Players 32
COMPANY PROFILES 37
AMALGAMATED METALS RECYCLING (PTY) LTD 37
ATLANTIC PLASTIC RECYCLING CC 39
BEN JACOBS IRON AND STEEL (PTY) LTD 41
BRAVOROX 6 CC 43
COLLECT-A-CAN (PTY) LTD 44
CONSOLIDATED WASTE (PTY) LTD 46
CRONIMET (RSA) (PTY) LTD 48
DESCO ELECTRONIC RECYCLERS CC 50
ECO-SMART BOX (THE) CC 52
ECONAMIC (PTY) LTD 53
ENVIROSERV WASTE MANAGEMENT (PTY) LTD 55
EXTRUPET (PTY) LTD 59
FINE SCRAP METALS (PTY) LTD 61
GAUTENG METAL RECYCLERS (PTY) LTD 64
GREEN OFFICE (PTY) LTD 66
INTER-WASTE (PTY) LTD 69
MPACT LTD 72
NAMSA GROUP TRUST 78
NIEUWCO MPUMALANGA (PTY) LTD 80
ORICOL ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES (PTY) LTD 82
POWER METAL RECYCLERS (PTY) LTD 84
RECLAMATION GROUP (PTY) LTD (THE) 86
S A WASTE HOLDINGS (PTY) LTD 89
SA METAL GROUP (PTY) LTD 91
SASOLBURG SCRAP METAL (PTY) LTD 94
SCAW SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 96
SOUTHCITY E-WASTE RECYCLERS (PTY) LTD 99
STAR RECYCLING COMPANY (PTY) LTD 101
TRANSPACO RECYCLING (PTY) LTD 103
UNIVERSAL RECYCLING COMPANY (PTY) LTD 105
VORTEX RECYCLING COMPANY (PTY) LTD 108
ZIMCO GROUP (PTY) LTD 110