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New Partnership with Petco

PETCO (the PET Plastic Recycling Company NPC) works to fulfil the South African PET industry’s role of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) by minimising the environmental impact of post-consumer PET on the South African landscape.

Financed by a voluntary recycling fee paid by our members, we have collected over 500 000 tonnes of post-consumer PET bottles for recycling to date, creating some 50 000 income opportunities for small and micro collectors annually – changing their lives and those of their families in immeasurable ways.

Plastic bottles are not trash.

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Why Plastics SA supports SST: 

The SST is a credible Marine Environmental Organisation with a good track record. We share the same goals in terms of educating communities, especially our youth, on the importance of responsible behaviour on land in order to ensure a sustainable marine environment for the future.

Plastics SA and what they do: 

Plastics|SA represents all sectors of the South African Plastics Industry including polymer producers and importers, converters, machine suppliers, fabricators and recyclers. Together with our associations, we play an active role in the growth and development of the SA industry and strive to address plastics related issues, influence role-players and make plastics the material of choice. 

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Why DPI Plastics supports SST: 

DPI Plastics has agreed to be a sponsor of the inaugural AMWN Conference next year and we endeavor to support the association in future marine conservation projects.

DPI Plastics and what they do: 

DPI Plastics is a leading South African manufacturer of plastic piping systems for water and sewer with two ISO 9001 certified factories. Over 40,000 tons of product is made per year for use in the plumbing, building, civil construction, mining and irrigation sectors. As a member of the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (SAPPMA) and the Southern African Vinyls Association (SAVA), DPI Plastics has committed to “Best Practice” PVC with responsible recycling programmes and increased use of organic materials, with stringent targets set and audited annually.

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Why Indonesial Waste Platform (IWP) supports SST: 

The Indonesian Waste Platform is a network connecting cross-sector and cross-border stakeholders related to Waste Management in Indonesia.


  • Promoting collaborations, capacity building, knowledge & news sharing
  • Supporting the forming of a common shared vision, strategy and actions for Waste Management in Indonesia
  • Establishment of Indonesian Waste Monitoring & Database

Waste management and marine Litter are a global challenge. National and international cross-sector dialogues, collaborations and actions are needed for the forming of visions, effective strategies and implementation of programs for solutions. Sustainable Seas Trust and Indonesian Waste Platform pursue similar goals. Connecting as network partners supports synergy and further collaborations.

IWP and what they do: 

The Indonesian Waste Platform initiated a lobby for the need for cross-sector collaboration on solutions for Waste Management. They aim to realize the Indonesian Waste Challenge by 2017 

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Why DOW supports SST: 

As raw material plastic producers, Dow believes that all industry players have an important role to play in eliminating ocean plastic waste by 2035. This is why Dow has been a fervent supporter of ocean clean-up initiatives. We have been sponsoring the International Coastal Cleanup for the past 29 years and we are a Founding Member of the Trash Free Seas Alliance with the Ocean Conservancy helping to solve marine littering globally. To continue our sustainability efforts, Dow has joined the African Marine Waste Network, a network that is dedicated to addressing marine waste at a Pan-African level. By joining forces with the African Marine Waste Network, Dow wants to be amongst the leading organizations to proactively address the threat and support waste management initiatives.

DOW and what they do: 

By combining the power of science and technology, the Dow Chemical Company is driving innovations and advancements from material, polymer, chemical and biological science to address the world’s most challenging environmental problems and exceed customers’ expectations. With Dow’s extensive portfolio of specialty chemicals, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses, we deliver a range of advantaged and technology-enabled solutions to each customer in approximately 180 countries.

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Why WBCSD supports SST: 

WBCSD supports SST’s work on the African Marine Waste Network (AMWN) because AMWN’s strategic goals align with WBCSD’s views on ocean waste prevention, especially:
• Reduce all forms of waste on land in order to prevent leakage into the aquatic environments,
• Use recycling incentive schemes and other cutting-edge activities to deliver the circular economy

WBCSD’s Roadmap for curbing Ocean Waste (ROW) strongly emphasizes the importance of engaging local stakeholder groups. Because of this, our partnership with SST and involvement with AMWN is very important to our work.

WBCSD and what they do: 

WBCSD is a global, CEO-led organization of over 200 leading businesses and partners working together to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world. We help make our member companies more successful and sustainable by focusing on the maximum positive impact for shareholders, the environment and societies. Together, we are the leading voice of business for sustainability: united by our vision of a world where more than 9 billion people are all living well and within the boundaries of our planet, by 2050. 

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Why Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) supports SST: 

One of NMMU’s six values is respect for the natural environment. Conservation for a sustainable tomorrow is at the core of what we do. The University’s philosophy around the untapped potential of the blue economy will be to carefully balance imperatives to conserve our marine biodiversity with sustainable livelihoods for coastal communities (see below for further insights). NMMU welcomes partnerships with any organisation whose values align with its own, such as the Sustainable Seas Trust.

NMMU and what they do: 

NMMU wishes to become the “go-to” destination for all ocean sciences research and studies. The University is establishing a dedicated Ocean Sciences Campus, the first in South Africa.

This will position NMMU as the leading maritime and marine university on the continent, and globally, with extensive local and international partnerships contributing to this innovative new trans-disciplinary campus and blue economy driver.

The Ocean Sciences Campus is part of the University’s strategic drive to spatially co-locate university, industry, business, government and civil society partners to develop and implement co-designed education, training, research, innovation and engagement initiatives that are geared to unlock the potential of South Africa’s oceans economy.

“Our strategy is to develop a whole new range of maritime and marine education, training, research, innovation and engagement programmes to support Africa’s blue economy,” says NMMU’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof Derrick Swartz.

The strategy includes undergraduate, postgraduate and trans-disciplinary qualifications and programmes, several of which are already offered at NMMU.

The Ocean Sciences Campus will considerably increase NMMU’s postgraduate student and research fellow cohort, which is already enjoying strong growth.

“With four of our six campuses located a few hundred metres from the sea, and within 25 kilometres of two major ports, Nelson Mandela
Metropolitan University’s involvement and leadership role in the blue economy is imperative,” says NMMU Vice-Chancellor Prof Swartz.

“NMMU is recognised for its leadership in generating cutting-edge knowledge and innovation that is already making a positive contribution towards the realisation of the economic potential of our oceans, while at the same time protecting South Africa’s marine biodiversity. Our University has extensive linkages with both industry and the public sector and we are renowned for our innovative approaches to curriculum development.

“We are currently re-creating and re-engineering the structure of our University and how it functions to meet current development, research, sustainability and employment needs, and the Ocean Sciences Campus is very much part of this. NMMU’s strategy over the next five to ten years is to develop a new range of marine and maritime programmes to significantly upscale our support for this crucial sector.

“We will focus on expanding our academic offerings in fields such as maritime economics and logistics, marine tourism, marine engineering, port development and management, marine spatial planning and the law of the sea, including fisheries law enforcement.

“NMMU looks forward to taking critical steps in a collective effort to help Africa take its rightful place in the blue economy.”

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Why MyWaste supports SST: 

My Waste is proud to be associated with “Sustainable Seas Trust” (SST) which has the environment, the animals and the people in that environment at heart. No greater vision and passion than wanting the seas to be beautiful, healthy, vibrant and productive. My Waste recognises this in Sustainable Seas Trust and is not hesitant to voice our support. The need for commitment from the government, companies, associations like SST and the public cannot be emphasised or encouraged enough to make our environment that clean, healthy and beautiful for both the animals and the people.My Waste is proud to be associated with “Sustainable Seas Trust” (SST) which has the environment, the animals and the people in that environment at heart.

No greater vision and passion than wanting the seas to be beautiful, healthy, vibrant and productive. My Waste recognises this in Sustainable Seas Trust and is not hesitant to voice our support.

The need for commitment from the government, companies, associations like SST and the public cannot be emphasised or encouraged enough to make our environment that is clean, healthy and beautiful for both the animals and the people.

My Waste not only supports SST but also believes there is a role that schools can play in educating the public.

This is why we (My Waste) believes in SST efforts to combat pollution and My Waste wishes to enhance this in initiative.

MyWaste and what they do: 

Although My Waste’s primary function is to provide South Africans with the easiest way to recycle everything from a can to a computer, they also post original content and articles relevant to recycling. Environmental experts offer advice and tips for living green on their facebook page regularly

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