GREENING AND ENVIRONMENT

New campaign wants 1 million South Africans to commit to recycling their plastic packaging

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The Million+ Plastic Recycling Revolution is a bold new campaign that aims to mobilise more than one million South Africans to commit to recycling their plastic packaging. The non-profit, Polyco (The Polyolefin Responsibility Organisation), believes that recycling is something that every person can do to make a positive impact on the earth. They have launched the Million+ campaign to recruit a revolution of recyclers that will spread the word about the importance of recycling with the ultimate aim of putting an end to plastic in the natural environment.

 The Million Plus is a plastic recycling revolution that will shake this country from its apathy. It is calling on all South Africans to commit to using plastic responsibly, to keep used packaging out of the environment and out of landfill by putting it back into the recycling value chain. The Million Plus campaign draws on the concept of a revolution and the power of networks. If each new revolutionary that signs up recruits and educates one more person as their ‘plus one’, the commitment to recycling in South Africa will spread from a small minority of people to mass action. As the movement builds, the Million Plus will become not only a revolution but a reality. A reality in which recycling in South Africa is standard and where we no longer find plastic waste in the environment.

“Our intention is to encourage as many people as possible to join the recycling revolution and to share their efforts through word-of-mouth and across all social media platforms. Eradicating plastic pollution in the environment is going to take everyone in South Africa being responsible for the packaging that they buy and to recycle it after use.  Our goal is to get over 1 million people to sign up to the Million+ campaign with the hope that the message around recycling will spread and recycling will become the norm for every South African,” says Mandy Naudé, CEO of Polyco.

Launching in October, the campaign aims to build on the environmental awareness that was created in September. September was a month that hosted many significant environmental days, with Arbor week during the first week of September, National Recycling Day on the 20th of September and International Coastal Cleanup Day on the 21st of September. Coastal Cleanup Day is a major global campaign to clean up our coastlines and oceans. While cleanups are extremely important for protecting the health of our environment, the Million+ Plastic Recycling Revolution aims to inspire South Africans to recycle their used packaging so that it never gets the chance to land up as pollution in the environment.

“We’re asking everyone to get involved and help others to start recycling – share your information, news and inspiration on the Million+ Facebook and Instagram pages so that others can also learn and be empowered to recycle,” says Naudé.

At Polyco we have a goal to invest in and strengthen the full recycling value chain and we need consumers to adopt a habit of recycling their plastic packaging to support this growth in the recycling economy; recycled plastic is a very valuable input material into the economy,” says Naudé.

“We would like to encourage consumers to see their packaging as a resource, that has massive economic value when recycled,” concludes Naudé.

To sign up as a recycling revolutionary, visit the websitewww.millionplusrecyclers.co.za and complete the sign-up form to state your commitment to recycle all your plastics. Do not forget to encourage friends and family to join the revolution.

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