In recent years, South Africa has become increasingly present in the world of recycling and waste solution technologies. Though demand for recycling and infrastructure take time to align, the nation has made significant progress in the recovery of recyclable commodities.
Making Strides in Glass Recycling
With a demand for glass increasing at an annual rate of approximately 5 percent in South Africa (RSA), the nation has increased its glass recycling efforts, including the launch of various education awareness campaigns in recent years.
According to The Glass Recycling Company, a not-for-profit South African organization promoting the recycling of glass, the recovery of waste glass has increased from 148,000 tons to more than 204,000 tons per year since 2006, when the organization was formed. And over the last two years, more than 2,100 glass recycling banks have been placed around the country to facilitate the collection of glass.
In the last year alone, more than 614 million glass containers were recovered for recycling, contributing to a 38 percent growth in glass recycling since 2006.
Spotlight on South Africa
With the world spotlight on RSA for the 2010 World Cup, the country has stepped up its efforts to recover glass and other recyclables at all events. Part of the Green Goal 2010, the Fifa World Cup Organizing Committee has put a plan to action to recover and recycle waste, as well as reduce the environmental footprint associated with the event wherever possible.
The Green Goal program is modeled after Germany’s 2006 World Cup greening model, where waste management systems ran smoothly, food packaging was minimal and four-bin recycling stations collected recyclable waste.