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Blue Port Project intervenes to curb plastic waste in the Port of Durban

Plastic Neutral partnership between local NPO and Teqal

The Blue Port Project, an initiative of WildOceans (a programme of the WildTrust) is aiming to create action-based research and the implementation of strategic interventions to reduce plastic waste in the Durban Port and ultimately restore the Durban Bay to its natural functioning state.

WildTrust through their Blue Port project has entered a “plastic neutral” partnership with Teqal, a manufacturer of rigid plastic packaging various markets. In an effort to be 100% plastic waste neutral, for every kilogram of plastic Teqal converts into packaging, an equal amount of post-consumer plastic waste (PCPW) is collected from the environment and recycled.

Based in the Dube Tradeport SEZ in Durban, Teqal is already active in using recycled content in their products that are also biodegradable. Theyare trying to find ways to reduce their environmental footprint – and striving to be plastic neutral would probably not have been as viable without the partnership with WildTrust. 

Rachel Kramer, Blue Port Project Manager said: “This agreement gives WildOceans an opportunity to have sustainable finance streams which allows progression within these projects by increasing the teams’ operations in the port and continuing long term research and exploring different opportunities. The Blue Port Project is a good case study that illustrates how Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) partnerships can work. This is a good pilot project to see whether it can be upscaled to different projects and to expand within this project as well."

"Quite often when we talk about recycling, the responsibility always seems to be on the consumer where there is very little responsibility on the producer. So, it's good to see that producers are taking accountability and investing in projects like this that make the impact on the environment more neutral," notes WildTrust CEO Dr Roelie Kloppers.

“Plastic is highly recyclable and highly reusable. If we can get to a point where we make sure that the plastic is reused and recycled, we can continue to get the benefits of the solution it provides in packaging - but do it in a way that is sustainable. As a converter of plastic, it is important that we contribute to this initiative,” said Renee Kirkham, CFO of Teqal.


MAIN PHOTO: (Photographer - @mnqobi_zuma)

The Teqal team at the Durban Port pictured with WILDTRUST CEO and WILDOCEANS Blue Port project team.     
Standing: (L to R) Wendy Dunn (Blue Port project Supervisor), Junior Mthembu, Anele Shabane, Nomzamo Ntini, Renee Kirkham (Teqal CFO and Shareholder), Sean Kirkham (Teqal Director and Owner), Roelie Kloopers (CEO of the WILDTRUST), Ntombifuthi Dlamini, Sihle Mdakane, Sabelo Mbatha (Blue Port boat Skipper), Rachel Kramer (Blue Port project Manager).
Front row: (L to R) Mluleki Bhengu; Lindokhuhle Mchunu; Tholinhlanhla Vilakazi; Thandeka Buthelezi; Sithabile Dlamini; Phiwayinkosi Gumede.

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