Addressing marine waste in Africa

Online since 5.09.2017 • Filed under Marine & Maritime • From Issue 6 - September 2017 - February 2018 page(s) 62
Addressing marine waste in Africa

PETCO has partnered with The Sustainable Seas Trust to set up the communications hub for The African Marine Waste Network.

An ambitious collaboration between the 38 coastal and island states of Africa, the African Marine Waste

Network (AWMN) represents the first dedicated approach to addressing marine waste at a pan-African level – an African contribution to solving a global crisis.

‘PETCO believes that the partnership with the Sustainable Seas Trust (SST) and the AMWN has great potential to unite key stakeholders in the PET value chain – government (national, provincial and local), the private sector, manufacturers, converters, bottlers, brand owners, recyclers, collectors, retailers, and consumers – to develop and implement plans to address the challenges of waste in the marine environment,’ says Cheri Scholtz, PETCO’s CEO.

This initiative promises to be a game changer and is particularly timely following the first international UN Ocean Conference that took place in New York in June and focused on waste minimisation and improving mechanisms for environmentally-sound waste management, disposal and recycling. At the opening of the Ocean Conference, the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, said: ‘The special relationship between people and the ocean, which brings untold benefits for life, is under threat as never before.

The problems of the ocean – all created by human activity – can be reversed and prevented with decisive, coordinated action.’ Given the pressing issue of ocean pollution worldwide, the partnership between PETCO and the SST is well positioned to become a positive pathway for facilitating change and action.

Dr Tony Ribbink from SST adds: ‘Thanks must be given to PETCO for their vision and generosity in providing core support. We believe that alongside strategic founding partner Plastics|SA, PETCO has planted the seed that SST will carefully nurture through its early stages and then grow the hub so that communications will become the unifying essence of the Network.’


PETCO (the PET Plastic Recycling Company NPC) works to fulfil the South African PET industry’s role of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). EPR promotes the integration of environmental costs associated with PET products throughout their life cycles into the market costs of the products, and shifts responsibility for the used packaging from government to private industry. www.petco.co.za


Sustainable Seas Trust (SST) is a registered Charity, Public Benefit Organization, and Not for Profit Organization. The Trust is registered and administered by Nedgroup Trust and operates exclusively for charitable, socioeconomic, scientific, educational and philanthropic purposes. SST is dedicated to harnessing the power of people everywhere to promote
conservation, sustainability and habitat restoration. SST raises environmental awareness to help preserve coastal areas from over-harvesting and pollution. www.sst.org.za/sst/the-organisation


Plastics|SA and Packaging SA are signatories of the Declaration of the Global Plastics Associations for Solutions on Marine Litter, which was signed in 2011 and is an International Plastics Industry effort to combat marine litter by up to 90%. Since March 2011, to consolidate and leverage these efforts and to generate additional innovative solutions, 65 plastics associations from 34 countries have signed the declaration.www.plasticsinfo.co.za/

Issue 6 - September 2017 - February 2018

Issue 6 - September 2017 - February 2018

This article was featured on page 62 of SABI Magazine Issue 6 - September 2017 - February 2018 .

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