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The Paper Recycling Association of South Africa (PRASA) has announced the 2017 paper recycling rates. Last year, the paper recycling industry along with conscientious consumers and thousands of collectors kept 1.3 million tonnes of paper and paper, boxes and liquid packaging out of landfill. This would fill 1,539 Olympic-sized swimming pools. This tonnage represents 70% of the 1.8 million tonnes of paper available for recovery, which excludes books and archived records, and unrecyclable paper like toilet tissue.
“We are delighted with our latest statistics as it shows us that people are recycling more,” says Ursula Henneberry, PRASA operations director. In 2015, the association set a target of 70% by the year 2020, and this has been achieved three years early.