Industry Organisations

Operation Clean Sweep (OCS)

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  • Created in 1991

Packaging SA

  • The Packaging Council of South Africa (PACSA) was founded in 1984

  • Now replaced by a new industry body called Packaging SA

  • Closely associated with The Institute of Packaging South Africa (IPSA)

  • Voluntary industry body

  • Represents views of its members

  • Particular focus on the environment and dealing with issues on the Waste Management Bill

  • RPC Astrapak is an active member

Plastics Converters Association (“PCA”)

  • Associate member of Plastics SA

  • Represents plastic converters and advises on issues around labour, markets, material trends, technical support and legislation

  • Technical orientation

  • RPC Astrapak is a member

Polystyrene Packaging Council (“PSPC”)

  • Deals with issues around polystyrene waste

  • RPC Astrapak is a founding member

PET Plastic Recycling South Africa (“PETCO”)

  • Registered in 2004

  • Focuses on the management of PET waste

  • Funded by a levy on all PET resin purchased

  • RPC Astrapak is a voting member

SA Plastics Recycling Organisation (“SAPRO”)

  • Objective is to improve professionalism in the industry

  • Consolidates collection and recycling initiatives

  • Develops industry quality standards

  • Forum for liaison with government

Plastics Institute of Southern Africa (“PISA”)

  • Founded in 1948

  • Primary objective is to advance education about plastics through training, lectures and publications

  • Has four national branches

  • Several RPC Astrapak employees are members

Plastics SA

  • Represents all sectors of the plastics industry including convertors, importers, recyclers and machine suppliers

  • Provides industry education, training and drives environmental initiatives

  • Located in all three major regions

  • Previously the Plastics Federation of SA

POLYCO

  • Registered in 2011 – effective from 1 April 2012

  • Initiative to promote and improve the waste management of post-consumer polyolefins

  • R100/t on levy on all packaging companies

  • RPC Astrapak is a founding member

Multilayer Packaging Forum

  • Formed in 2010

  • Formed to deal with the ever-increasing amount of laminates and multilayer packaging

  • RPC Astrapak is a founding member

 The Institute of Packaging (SA) (“IPSA”)

  • Formed in 1970

  • Focuses on the art and science of packaging

  • Responsible for Gold Pack

  • RPC Astrapak is a corporate and active member