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M. McBurnie - 18 Jul 2017

Boosting glass manufacturing in SA

SA should be the first place in the world to ban single use plastic beverage bottles and have these replaced by glass bottles (or cartons or cans). This would be the first step towards reducing the devastating environmental impact of plastics - currently we're on track to have more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050. We're awesome at producing glass bottles in SA and could increase manufacturing jobs here in SA as a bonus to the environmental benefits. We let drunk people handle glass beer bottles so surely it's not a safety issue for sober people to do likewise for their water and soft drinks? This is the next logical step from banning free single use shopping bags. SA can lead the world (yet again).
We can't recycle our way out of the plastic problem, we have to reduce its use. Plastic drink bottles are not recycled into new plastic drink bottles (on average they contain 6% recycled plastic), whereas glass bottle can be recycled into new glass bottles. See the zerowaste report on how great we are at recycling glass in SA if you're interested.
There are a few places around the world that have banned single use plastic bottles for water (eg San Francisco started this last year) so why shouldn't SA be the first place to ban single use plastic bottles for all beverages?

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