Telephone: +27 12 001 1914
Postal address: PO Box 131400, Bryanston 2021, South Africa.
E-mail: Charles Muller, Executive Director


Welcome to PACSA

In 2011 South Africans consumed an estimated 2,8 Million tons of packaging of all types - paper, plastic, metal and glass. This excludes exports of empty and filled packaging and includes imports into SA. The average real growth rate for the last ten years in the SA Packaging Industry is below 2,5% (Source: BMI Foodpack).

PACSA is under instruction from the Department of Environmental Affairs to complete and implement an Industry Waste Management Plan for the packaging and paper industries. The draft Plan has been forwarded to the DEA for consideration. The Plan covers all papers, such as newsprint and other printing, not only packaging papers, thus the statistics reflected in the Plan cover more than just packaging and will not be the same as statistics quoted elsewhere.

The full draft Plan can be downloaded on this website. We welcome your comments. To send your queries or feedback, please click here for the PACSA webform.


Click here to view an in-depth PDF of packaging trends vs the GDP

Packaging is produced using four primary raw materials and these are reflected in size ranking as follows:

Volume Value
1) Paper 1) Plastics
2) Glass 2) Paper
3) Plastics 3) Metals
4) Metals 4) Glass

The Packaging Council of South Africa (PACSA) was founded in 1984, replacing the Association of Packaging Manufacturers. PACSA is closely associated with The Institute of Packaging South Africa (IPSA).

PACSA is a voluntary industry body. Its members are in three broad categories Converters, Associates and Affiliates. The Converters represent some 70% of the  revenue generated by the industry. Associates are in effect the major raw material suppliers, and Affiliates are customers and major recyclers. Collectively this body directly employs some 60 000 people in South Africa.

PACSA represents views of its members on National issues with particular focus on environmental matters.


Directors of PACSA