SA among top 20 countries mismanaging waste, Parly committee hears

This was revealed during a meeting of Parliament’s portfolio committee on Environmental Affairs on Wednesday, where the possible banning of single-use plastic products was discussed.

FILE: A waste picker is seen in the Robinson Deep landfill site in Johannesburg. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

CAPE TOWN - South Africa is ranked 11th among the top 20 countries mismanaging waste.

This was revealed during a meeting of Parliament’s portfolio committee on Environmental Affairs on Wednesday,
where the possible banning of single-use plastic products was discussed.

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The stats come from a 2015 study conducted by Georgia University in the US.

The study finds on average, every South African accumulates about 2 kilograms of waste per day.

The Environmental Affairs Department's deputy director for chemical waste, Mark Gordon, says it also shows that 12% of general waste is plastic.

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He's told MPs that South Africa recycles almost 330,000 tonnes of plastic every year.

“South Africa has 56% of mismanaged waste. The study shows across the world of oceans polluted, about 50% of that plastic comes from within 50km of the coastline.”

Other African countries on the list include Nigeria and Egypt.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)