The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) of South Africa announced applications are set up to import plastic waste to meet the country’s requirements in plastic business.
Plastic imports will be controlled based on the regulations in the Basel Convention, said DFFE Minister Barbra Creecy. Basel Convention is an international contract for avoiding transfer of hazardous waste between countries. He said South Africa's current systems have been workable to dramatically cut plastic waste, particularly practical to keep it away from the ocean. In this regard, head of Communications, Albi Modise, said all plastic waste imported into the country will be recycled.
South Africa used the convention to justify itself from not contributing to an international treaty which addresses Full Life Cycle of Plastics.
However, 34 countries in the African continent have legislated the law to forbid consuming plastic bags, disposable water sachets as well as coffee cups.
Greenpeace, a campaigning corporation using creative, non-violent ways to tackle the environmental challenges in the world, labeled the country as the 3rd worst lawbreaker against plastic waste accumulation in Africa.
Seemingly, the environment department of South Africa only thinks of its own benefits as far as plastic threats are concerned.