Expanded Producer Responsibility

Plastic, glass, paper, most packaging and substrate materials are deeply ingrained in modern society and play a critical role in our day-to-day lives. From food to transport, clothing to technology, leisure to healthcare and sport to culture, it is difficult to imagine a world without these materials.
However, one cannot argue that we don’t have a waste and pollution problem in South Africa. Society has failed to account for the negative environmental and socio-economic impacts of our growing dependence on these materials and the pollution it causes.
Until now, there have been voluntary initiatives led by industry to find solutions but the soc called expanded producer responsibility, or EPR, Regulations and associated sector schemes were published and came into force on 5 November 2021.

To find out what this new era means for producers Michael Avery is joined by Mamogala Musekene, DDG Chemicals & Waste Management at Department of Forestry, Fisheries & the Environment; Shabeer Jetham CEO of The Glass Recycling Company and Sally-Anne Käsner Director of Circular-Vision, a Circular Economy strategy and design consultancy