The City of Cape Town has become the first municipality, not only in Africa, but also the World, to sign up to the Plastics Pact. Spearheaded by the World Wide Fund for Nature, the pact aims to change the way plastic products and packaging are designed, used and re-used, to prevent plastics from ending up in the environment.
The pact will see a boost in cross-border collaboration to fight plastic-pollution, between South Africa and its regional and international neighbours.
According to Green Cape – the South African organisation responsible for managing and delivering the guidelines of the agreement – the initiative will encourage participants to help keep “plastics in the economy, and out of the environment”. The pact was launched here in Cape Town by the W.W.F. this week, with hopes to reduce South Africa’s plastic-footprint.
The City of Cape Town has signed a declaration to become a Supporting Member of The South African Plastics Pact, launched on 30 January. With this move, the City became the first municipality worldwide to sign a national plastics pact. Read more: https://t.co/hitUySPMU1 #CTNews pic.twitter.com/Y5QEtQWKW4
— City of Cape Town (@CityofCT) February 3, 2020
Go Cape Town!! The city signed a pact to phase out plastic by 2025 and ensure:
– 100% of plastic packaging is reusable, recyclable or compostable
– 70% of plastic packaging effectively recycled
– 30% post-consumer recycled content across plastic packaginghttps://t.co/7KIIuhSC5u pic.twitter.com/CcsONXopnT
— Treeshake (@treeshake) February 5, 2020