SOUTH AFRICA: Sasol and AEPW join forces against plastic waste

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SOUTH AFRICA: Sasol and AEPW join forces against plastic waste ©Maxim Blinkov/Shutterstock

The South African chemical company Sasol has just joined the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW). Through this network of companies involved in the production of plastics, Sasol wants to contribute to the reduction of environmental pollution caused by plastic waste in South Africa.

The Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW) has a new member. This is the South African chemical company Sasol, which has been engaged for several months in a policy aimed at reducing its impact on the environment by relying particularly on renewable energies and the fight against pollution by plastic waste. AEPW, of which it is now a member, was created to bring together companies that manufacture, use, sell, process, collect and recycle plastics. Through its membership of the alliance, Sasol strengthens its determination to contribute to the reduction of environmental pollution by plastic waste.

“Waste management is a global challenge with local solutions, and we are committed to working safely together to reduce waste in our communities,” says Thabiet Booley, Senior Vice President of Sasol’s Base Chemicals Division. The company has already begun working with AEPW through the Altogether Global Clean-up initiative, organised to mark World Clean-up Day on September 19th, 2020.

Sasol’s participation

Initiated by AEPW, the day aims to collect a good part of the waste that pollutes the environment. From September 19th, until October 2020, alliance volunteers, employees of participating member and non-member companies, partners and individuals from around the world will gather in their communities to discover, identify, collect and dispose of waste.

“In addition to Sasol South Africa employees, partners such as Plastics SA, representing all sectors of the South African plastics industry, including polymer producers and importers, converters, machinery suppliers, manufacturers and recyclers, will support the Literati campaign for all cleaning operations (in South Africa) scheduled to take place until the end of October 2020,” says Sasol.

In the province of KwaZulu-Natal, a project called “Inkwazi Isu” is being implemented. It is the result of collaboration between Sasol and various stakeholders to “address the problem of pollution in the Amanzimtoti watershed in a comprehensive manner”. The project will enable the use of an application to support the clean-up campaigns planned as part of the All_Together Global Clean-up initiative.

Jean Marie Takouleu

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