There are a number of organisations in SA that are mandated to grow the recycling economy in South Africa. There are also a number of recycling associations focusing on specific waste streams, made up of recyclers in that stream.
Each of them have different specific mandates, methods of operating, funding, project timelines etc.
For now, you will need to contact each individually to see how they can assist you, or how you can get involved in their activities.
As this website improves, there will be more useful information for you.
Industry body that promotes PET recycling. For collectors, they provides training and equipment and can assist with connecting you to buyers of PET bottles.
There’s also a swop-shop guide, contact details for buyers, criteria for support and much more.
Industry body that promotes Polyolefin recycling. They run a number of funding rounds each year to provide loans and grants for testing equipment, supply chain or manufacturing improvements.
Technically this is an association of Paper Recyclers, but they provide a lot of training to collectors.
Paper collectors can register with them via their online form.
The Glass Recycling Company (https://www.theglassrecyclingcompany.co.za)
The Glass Recycling Company (TGRC) assists those wishing to collect glass by connecting them to buyback centres, or providing service contracts for emptying their glass banks.
Polystyrene Packaging Council (https://www.polystyrenerecyclingnetwork.com/)
The PSPC connects buyers and suppliers of Polystyrene and seeks to find new end uses for the material.
The Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa is responsible for the recycling of tyres in South Africa. They set up recyclers, collection networks and depots.
Unfortunately this company has been dogged with controversy and has been placed under provisional liquidation. An administrator has been appointed to oversee the running of REDISA in the meantime and operations for recycling of tyres should continue as normal.
South African Plastics Recyclers Organisation (http://www.plasticrecyclingsa.co.za/)
SAPRO represents Plastics re-processors in South Africa. They have a number of position papers and other information on their site. Parts of it are still under construction, but the membership application form is available.
Metal Recyclers Association (http://www.mra.co.za/)
The MRA represents Scrap Metal Recyclers concerning legislation and other factors affecting the industry.
Electronic Waste Association of South Africa (https://ewasa.org/)
EWASA was established to manage the establish of an environmentally sound ewaste industry in South Africa.
South African E-Waste Alliance (http://sa.ewastealliance.co.za/)
SAEWA is also an association of E-waste recyclers, and operates with a tiered membership and affiliation system.