Six new members have joined the South African Plastics Pact since the start of the year, including Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA).

Since the launch of the South African Plastics Pact on 30 January 2020, CCBSA, RCL Foods, Berry Astrapak, Palletplast, the African Reclaimers Organisation (ARO) and the African Circular Economy Network (ACEN) have all signed up to demonstrate their commitment to reducing plastic waste, and retaining resources in the economy for as long as possible.

By 2025, the South African Plastics Pact aims to meet four targets – taking action on problematic plastic packaging, 100 per cent of plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable, 70 per cent of plastic packaging effectively recycled and 30 per cent average recycled content across all packaging.

Managed by GreenCape, the South African Plastics Pact was developed by the South African arm of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-SA), in partnership with the South African Plastics Recycling Organisation (SAPRO) and the UK’s Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

The Pact was modelled closely on WRAP’s UK Plastics Pact, which has proved to be successful, making significant progress towards its 2025 goals since its launch in April 2018. UK Pact members are over halfway towards all of their packaging being recyclable and a third of the way towards using an average of 30 per cent recycled content in their packaging.

Kirsten Barnes, South African Plastics Pact project lead at GreenCape, said: “Our South African Plastics Pact members are partnering to develop a circular economy for plastic, driving change through collaboration. Collective action across the plastics value chain drives this systemic change. We are excited to see the momentum building with new members signs ups,”

CCBSA Head of Sustainability and Transformation Stanley Shongwe added: “As part of the Coca-Cola system, we have always believed that we have a role to play in ensuring that we collect and recycle packaging used in our beverages as outlined in our global World Without Waste 2030 strategy.

“Joining the South African Plastics Pact is a natural progression for us and a next step in realizing our 2030 vision, most importantly because the Pact’s alignment, is not only with the Coca-Cola company’s global vision of World Without Waste but also our internal South African specific sustainability goals.

“For CCBSA joining the South African Plastics Pact means joining hands with like-minded organizations in a collective effort to reduce the environmental impact of plastics while we mobilise plastic’s circular economy and create much needed jobs in South Africa. We hope that by joining Plastics Pact and demonstrating both our commitment and progress publicly, we can encourage others from the beverage and broader FMCG industry to do the same. We know that solving these challenges will take collective effort.”

For more information about the South African Plastics Pact and its commitments, visit its website.