oa Graphix - Paper waste is not really waste at all : paper recycling

Volume 40, Issue 8
  • ISSN : 1816-0786



In 2012, South Africa consumed 2.6 million tonnes of paper. Some 2.4 million tonnes was manufactured locally, 864 000 tonnes were imported and 605 000 tonnes exported. The latest statistics from the Paper Recycling Association of South Africa (PRASA) show that a further 73674 tonnes of paper was collected in 2012, up from 1 077 641 tonnes in 2011. The 1 151 315 tonnes recovered in 2012 equates to 57.3 per cent of paper that can be collected and recycled (excluding non-recoverable products such as tissue and sanitary products) compared to 58.2 per cent in 2011. The slight dip can be attributed to an overall increase of paper and paperboard consumption.

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