Understanding our impact

Statistics suggest that as of 2003, the packaging sector accounted for about 2% of the gross national product in developed countries. Aside economic stimulus and job creation, packaging has many other advantages such as the minimisation of serious health risks by keeping contents fresh and sterile. Plastic is also one of the most energy efficient, robust and economic delivery methods available due to its low weight and relative strength.

RPC Astrapak’s long-standing objectives consider the need for remaining alert to changes in the availability of technology, which may reduce our impact on the environment. Recently, five of the world’s most high profile companies announced they are to work together on the new Plant PET Technology Collaborative (“PTC”) – a working group tasked with accelerating the development of sustainable plant-based plastics. With industry global leadership moving away from fossil fuel-based materials, there is much long-term scope to set local trends.


Minimising our impact

Aligning relevant non-financial data with GRI environmental indicators revealed areas where RPC Astrapak can be more proactive in responding to stakeholder expectations and building trust. This includes monitoring and engaging trends such as governance and legislation, which could impact the business industry.

RPC Astrapak maintains active membership among these bodies in various capacities, from Board representation to providing funding in the form of the following industry levies (on polymer purchased):

  • R76/ton of polystyrene resin: Polystyrene Packaging Council (“PSPC”)

  • R100/ton of polyolefin resin, effective from April 2012: The Polyolefin Plastic Recycling Company (“POLYCO”)


Industry Waste Management Plan

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