Most supermarket plastic bags not recyclable

Consumer journalist, Wendy Knowler, has reported in the Sunday Times that supermarket carrier bags are not recyclable as claimed because of the use of fillers to make the bags cheaper.

South African Plastic Recycling Organisation general manager, Annabe Pretorius, says they now struggle to recycle plastic bags due to this.

Pretorius explains that the filler makes it difficult for the recycling industry, and they have raised their concerns with plastic manufacturers.

A plastic levy was introduced in 2003 as a way to stop people discarding the bags after one use which creates tons of litter, filling up landfills and ending up in the ocean.

It's not just plastic bags, the recycling industry is struggling with a whole range of products that consumers are using on a daily basis.

Annabe Pretorius, South African Plastic Recycling Organisation general manager

We have an action group currently going. We have time till the end of June before we decide to agree to disagree to find a way forward.

Annabe Pretorius, South African Plastic Recycling Organisation general manager

We have appointed some consultants to assist us in saying how do we get these bags to be recyclable.

Annabe Pretorius, South African Plastic Recycling Organisation general manager

Listen here to Pretorius give details of which supermarket bags are causing all the trouble...

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