With the festive season countdown already begun, shopping malls are decorated and geared up for Christmas shoppers anxiously hunting for gifts and grabbing armfuls of wrapping paper, gift boxes, greeting cards, advent calendars and other bits and pieces typical of this time of year.

The South African recycling industry continues to face poor recovery rates of office paper, an important raw material for manufacturers of paper and packaging.

Mpact Recycling’s collections of the orange Ronnie Bags will end on Monday 2 December 2013.

Mpact, a leading player in the paper and plastic packaging industry, has a rare perspective on matters of sustainability.

According to the Paper and Recycling Association of South Africa the pulp and paper industry is one of the leading employers in South Africa, making a significant annual contribution to the economy of some R35,26 billion.

According to the Paper Recycling Association of South Africa, 1,151,315 tons of paper was recovered in the country in 2012, up 73,674 tons from 2011.

A common sight along many quiet suburban streets and busy thoroughfares are hawkers dragging trolleys piled high with flattened cardboard boxes, plastic bottles and waste material that has been salvaged from households, supermarkets and other sources.

The South African recycling industry continues to face poor recovery rates of office paper an important raw material for manufacturers of paper and packaging.

Recycling can be a great contributor to the South African economy with job creation opportunities and direct benefits to the environment.

Mpact Recycling has announced with regret that it will no longer be collecting paper for recycling in a number of Pretoria suburbs. This is due to the low participation rate in these areas.