Safripol chosen as the winner of the 2020 CAIA responsible care initiative of the year award

We are delighted to announce that Safripol in partnership with PETCO have been chosen as the WINNER of the prestigious 2020 CAIA Responsible Care Initiative of the year award – Corporate Social Responsibility cate­gory.


At CAIA’s first ever virtual awards ceremony, the Bophelo recycling project, was recognised for its grass-roots im­pact in improving the lives and livehood of community members in Ermelo, while making a posi­tive improvement to the environment. Through the joint sponsorship between Safripol and PETCO which comprised infrastructure worth R500 000, Bophelo Recycling (Pty) Ltd is today a fully fledged buy-back centre for all types of recyclables which is collected from informal settlements, house-holds, and schools, in and around Ermelo. Since the joint investment, the centre has more than doubled its output PET recy­cling volumes from 4 tons in 2018 to 9.5 tons in 2019. Bophe­lo Recycling has also made a significant contribution to job creation in Ermelo, whereby it now employs 11 perma­nent employees and 20 part-time waste collectors, who assist with sorting and buying of recyclable material.


This project demonstrates that value-chain partnerships are key in the sustainable management of plas­tic waste. However the real hero in the success of the Bophelo recycling project is Johanna Leshabane. It is through her de­termination, perseverance and her desire to make a positive impact in her community, that the Bophelo recycling project is what it is today. On behalf of Safripol and PETCO we thank Johan­na and her team for this outstanding achievement and we wish them continued success for the future.


At Safripol, we are committed to our sustainable development goals, which amongst others includes ad­vancing the circular economy, and socio-economic development of our people and communities. We look forward to further partnerships to achieve real change in people’s lives, especially in the lives of the most vulnerable. Together we can achieve more.


Finally, we thank CAIA for this prestigious award and in ensuring that real impact at grass-roots level is encouraged, recognised and rewarded.

Bophelo Recycling Project