The Council's objectives, both short and long term, are to set up resources and mechanisms
to deal with projects that enhance the reputation of polystyrene packaging and projects that
grow the industry whilst ensuring effective recycling activities in South Africa. It is so that there is food legislation in place in countries around the world with the necessary data which proves that polystyrene is not harmful to the consumer or the environment. The Council will make use
of this data to prove their case. We will educate and communicate whilst supporting activities
that improve the industry in a generic manner (such as recycling, waste to energy, marine research, etc.)
The Polystyrene Packaging Council focus their priorities on promoting the sustainable development of their products. Our activities are intended to assist the producers, customer
and ultimate users.
As well as promoting the benefits of our products, we address key public concerns related to
the use of PS and EPS. This is done using a science based decision making process and
forms part of our commitment to Responsible Care.
The Council is acutely aware that especially expanded polystyrene ('the white stuff') can be
a serious environmental nuisance and intends to build on the existing collection and recycling efforts that work well with consumer goods packaging. The council will also endeavor to
educate the market regarding littering and the appropriate ways of recycling polystyrene.
The same applies to rigid polystyrene packaging. Polystyrene can be and is being recycled
in South Africa.
The Polystyrene packaging industry is actively involved in research, design and development
of all issues relating to its products. In order to stay abreast of environmental issues, market expectations and manufacturer responsibilities, the following objectives are part of the PSPC's business and marketing strategies:
To establish national quality standards and industry guidelines with respect to the manufacturing, recycling and use of all polystyrene products.
To introduce and align the industry and its role players to international best practice in relation to the manufacturing, recycling and use of all polystyrene products.
To educate end-users, legislators, the media and other interested parties on the benefits and viability of polystyrene as a packaging solution by means of effective marketing tools and media avenues.
Provide a forum for the industry to discuss activities influencing its sustainability.
The Polystyrene Packaging Council was formed in February 2007. The basis of the formation
is related to the need for the polystyrene industry to actively demonstrate its commitment to the environment (through collection and recycling) and the safety and health of polystyrene food packaging users.
Polystyrene has a considerable contribution to make to the life of the consumer, be it in the
form of fast food packaging or in the form of rigid packaging.
Polystyrene as an Industry sector contributes significantly to job creation, economic growth, employment and convenience living and that is supported by a well structured environmental obligation in ensuring that all eco responsibilities are met and addressed in the proper way.
Currently the Council has as its members polymer suppliers and polystyrene packaging converters plus representatives from the Plastics Federation, EPSASA (Expanded Polystyrene Association dealing with building products) and Recyclers. Where necessary the Council will form partnerships with other relevant Industry Associations, both local and overseas. There are currently 10 full members and 9 Associate Members on the Council.
The local Polystyrene industry will fund the Council through an industry levy. The Council will also work towards various other ways of funding relevant and specific projects according to
their support criteria.