SA will soon have 100% biodegradable plastic bags
South Africans will soon be able to dispose of their plastic bags along with the rest of their waste without having to worry about any possible negative effects on the environment.
The development could prove to be disruptive to the plastic industry in the country.
The innovation is attributed to a team of scientists from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Polymer and Composite Research Group in Port Elizabeth.
The 100% biodegradable plastic bags will be made from agricultural byproducts.
Dr Sudhakar Muniyasamy, senior researcher in Biodegradable Plastics at Council For Scientific and Industrial Research spoke to 702 host, Azania Mosaka about this ground-breaking development.
The maize and sugar cane bio-based bags are completely biodegradable in mud‚ soil‚ water and compost and break down completely in just three to six months.Dr Sudhakar Muniyasamy, Senior Researcher in Biodegradable Plastics at Council For Scientific and Industrial Research
Muniyasamy says the bags will be durable and can be re-used. He adds that they are in talks with Plastic SA to educate South Africans on how to use the bags and dispose of them in the recommended manner.
Muniyasamy said the new bags currently cost two to three times more to manufacture than normal bags.Dr Sudhakar Muniyasamy, Senior Researcher in Biodegradable Plastics at Council For Scientific and Industrial Research
Listen to the interview here:
This article first appeared on 702 : SA will soon have 100% biodegradable plastic bags
Acsa general manager Deon Cloete responds to listener complaints and gives an update on mulit-billon rand airport upgrade.Read More
Gift of the Givers received information that after being helped to escape, Mohamed was handed over to Turkish intelligence.Read More
The scuffle took place at the EFF elective conference where Julius Malema and Floyd Shivambu were re-elected to top positions.Read More
The Constitutional Court has ruled the doctrine of common purpose should be applied to the crime of rape.Read More
An analyst suspects that the brazen killing of Rashied Staggie won't go unpunished and the community of Mannenberg remains alert.Read More
Prominent Cape Town gang figure Rashied Staggie was assassinated in his car on Friday by two gunmen in Salt River.Read More
A High Court judge has extended an interdict stopping law enforcement officials from issuing fines and harassing homeless people.Read More
The High Court has dismissed the Public Protector's application for leave to appeal the Estina Dairy Farm report ruling.Read More
The former Hard Livings leader was sitting in a car in front of his house in Salt River when someone sprayed it with bullets.Read More
Premier Alan Winde and ANC's Cameron Dugmore are behind Matakata, who's tasked with bringing stability to policing in the province.Read More