Johannesburg not reaching recycling targets

Johannesburg's current plastic recycling efforts are falling way off the mark. More than half of the 1.8-million tonnes of plastic used in South Africa each year, is not being recycled.

JOHANNESBURG - Johannesburg's current plastic recycling efforts are falling way off the mark.

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More than half of the 1.8-million tonnes of plastic used in South Africa each year is not being recycled.

Officials say a lot more needs to be done. In just over three years there will be no more space left.

Recycling can play a key role in addressing the challenge.

Residents are reportedly not recycling enough.

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Some people might separate their waste while work also takes place at the city's refuse sites.

Still, Johannesburg is only meeting 40 percent of its plastic recycling targets.  

Despite recycling being mandatory in over 230 suburbs in Johannesburg at the moment residents face no consequences if they choose not to do it but the city warns there could be penalties in future.

The city has registered over 1500 informal waste pickers to help them achieve their recycling targets.

Source
eNCA

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