Metal packaging body’s big plans to grow membership, boost recycling

14 August 2019 | Web Article Number: ME201915725

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Metal packaging body’s big plans to grow membership, boost recycling
METPAC-SA's board

METPAC-SA, the metal packaging industry umbrella body recently held its second annual general meeting, with the focus on growing its membership base and boosting recycling.

“MetPac-SA supports and represents members on industry matters related to operational, regulatory and environmental issues. We also promote the benefits of metal packaging and the sustainable attributes of steel and aluminium,” CEO Kishan Singh told the meeting, held at the Coca Cola Head Office in Melrose, Johannesburg.

He said the organisation's resources were primarily dedicated to developing the Industry Waste Management Plan (IndWMP) in partnership with JG Afrika in 2018.

“This was an exhaustive and expensive process and MetPac-SA’s plan was finally submitted to the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) as part of Packaging SA's Confederation of Plans. The process has now been stalled with the appointment of the new Minister of Environmental Affairs, Forestry and Fisheries and it is likely to be a while before the plan is ratified, approved and becomes statutory.”

Singh said MetPac's immediate strategy for the coming year would be to establish the association as a credible industry representative organisation that is fully supportive of the PSA Federation of Plans, whilst continuing to encourage new members to sign up.

He said that they would continue with their public awareness campaign aimed at general consumers and the metal packaging industry in order to increase collection and recycling rates, as well as encourage more role players in the metal packaging industry to sign up and support their efforts.

“In this regard, the metals recycling body has had major successes recently, with various new members who have joined and helped to increase MetPac-SA’s influence and footprint. Earlier this year, two of South Africa's largest retailers, Woolworths and Pick n Pay, submitted their membership applications. This was followed by Spar, Shoprite Chill Beverages and Golden Era who also submitted their company information.

“We extend a warm welcome to all these new members. We applaud their decision to support the local metal packaging industry’s efforts to increase the collection and recovery rates of aluminium cooldrink cans, canned food packaging made from aluminium and stainless steel, as well as aluminium foil products, aerosol cannisters, metal caps and closures etc,” Singh said.

The following board members were elected and approved at the AGM and will be responsible for guiding MetPac-SA during the 2019-2020 financial year: Chairman, Muhammed Darsot (Dürsots); Deputy Chairman, Klaus Hass (Nampak); Kishan Singh (CEO); Ishfaq Shafi (Coca Cola Beverages); Dr Casper Durandt (Coca Cola); Riccardo Benedetti (Hulamin); Mark Helfrich (Nestlé); Louis Wentzel (PackSolve) and Charles Müller (Industry Expert).

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