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Recycling of Waste and Scrap in South Africa 2015

  • November 2015
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  • 110 pages

Recycling of Waste and Scrap: This report focuses on the recycling of metal waste and scrap as well non-metal waste including plastics, glass and e-waste. The Department of Science and Technology estimates that the South African waste sector is valued at R15bn, which equates to 0.51% of national GDP. Approximately 540 million tons of waste is generated annually, with 90% of this waste disposed in landfills, instead of being recycled. It is almost impossible to accurately calculate the number of informal collectors and recyclers, but estimates indicate that there are more than 100,000 people who earn an income from the recycling industry.


A Competitive Global Market: The domestic scrap collecting and recycling industries operate within a very competitive global market where scrap has become a valuable commodity. In the plastics sector, of the 315,600 tons of plastics diverted from landfill, 31,087 tons or 9.8 % was exported for recycling during 2014. In the scrap metal sector where the metal recovery rate is 80%, an estimated 1.5 million tons, more than 50% of the scrap metal recovered, is exported for recycling instead of being used to the advantage of the local economy.


E-waste: Insufficient awareness about the importance of e-waste disposal continues to result in poor collection rates in the domestic e-waste sector. Despite it being the fastest growing waste stream worldwide, the South African e-Waste Alliance (SAEWA) estimates that e-waste only makes up between 5% and 8% of municipal solid waste. Most ends up in landfills or is exported to countries that have bigger capacities for recycling, while only about 10% to 15% is recycled locally.



Report Coverage:

The report on the Recycling of Waste and Scrap examines the recycling rates of the different waste streams, the latest developments in the industry and factors influencing the success of the sector. The report also profiles 28 industry players, including Universal Recycling Company which has ten different divisions and in its e-waste division, processes approximately 1,800 tons of electronic scrap per annum, and The New Reclamation Group (Pty) Ltd, which employs more than 2,300 people and has 70 collecting and processing facilities located across Southern Africa.

Table Of Contents

Recycling of Waste and Scrap in South Africa 2015
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 4
2.2. Geographic Position 6
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 7
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 14
4.1. Local 14
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 17
4.1.2. Regulations 18
4.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 21
4.2. Continental 22
4.3. International 23
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 24
5.1. Government Intervention 24
5.2. Labour 25
5.3. Economic Environment 27
5.4. Rising Input Costs 28
5.5. Copper Theft 28
5.6. Environmental Concerns 28
5.7. Technology, Research and Development (RandD) and Innovation 29
6. COMPETITION 31
6.1. Barriers to Entry 32
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 32
8. OUTLOOK 33
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 34
10. REFERENCES 35
10.1. Publications 35
10.2. Websites 35
COMPANY PROFILES 36
AMALGAMATED METALS RECYCLING (PTY) LTD 36
Atlantic Plastic Recycling CC 38
Ben Jacobs Iron and Steel (Pty) Ltd 40
Collect-A-Can (Pty) Ltd 42
Consolidated Waste (Pty) Ltd 45
Cronimet (RSA) (Pty) Ltd 47
Desco Electronic Recyclers CC 49
EnviroServ Waste Management Ltd 51
Extrupet (Pty) Ltd 56
Fine Scrap Metals (Pty) Ltd 58
Green Office (Pty) Ltd 60
Inter-Waste (Pty) Ltd 62
Metalco Recycling (Pty) Ltd 65
Mpact Ltd 67
Nampak Ltd 73
NAMSA Group Trust 77
New Reclamation Group (Pty) Ltd (The) 79
Nieuwco Mpumalanga (Pty) Ltd 81
Oricol Environmental Services (Pty) Ltd 83
Power Metal Recyclers (Pty) Ltd 85
SA Metal Group (Pty) Ltd 87
SA Waste Holdings (Pty) Ltd 90
Sasolburg Scrap Metal (Pty) Ltd 92
SouthCity E-Waste Recyclers (Pty) Ltd 94
Scaw South Africa (Pty) Ltd 96
Transpaco Recycling (Pty) Ltd 100
Universal Recycling Company (Pty) Ltd 102
Zimco Group (Pty) Ltd 105

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