Bag That Builds Program Pilots at South Africa vs. Wales Rugby Game
Plastic Waste Collected from 62,000 Spectators to be Converted into RESIN8
Cape Town, South Africa. Supporters attending the Castle Lager Incoming Series match in South Africa last weekend were asked to deposit all plastic waste in the green plastic waste bags that were dotted throughout the stadium. The plastic waste collected at the Springboks’ match against Wales will be turned into RESIN8 and converted into building bricks for a nearby housing development.
The CRDC Global’s program, aptly titled, “The Bag That Builds” has been rolled out in other countries around the world but never with an audience this large; fully 62,000 people attended the game. The plastic waste collected at the game were taken to CRDC’s South Africa Cape Town processing plant where it will be converted into a RESIN8. The manufactured RESIN8 is then incorporated into the mix design for the casting of conventional concrete blocks – disposing of 100% of the plastic waste and reducing the need for conventional quarried materials by up to 20 percent.
“Everyone has a responsibility to look after the natural environment for future generations and rugby is not blind to its responsibility,” said Jurie Roux, SA Rugby CEO. “This is an exciting project that we are trialing to reduce our impact on the environment – the fact that the outcome helps build houses is a double win in our South African environment.
“We’re proud to collaborate with the Springboks on this project and want to congratulate them on their forward looking stance on environmental issues. Our RESIN8 solution is unique in that it provides a new, permanent home for discarded plastic and we hope to replicate this initiative at many sporting events going forward,” said Abraham Avenant, CEO of CRDC South Africa.
The bricks created from RESIN8 are earmarked for use as part of the National Department of Housing’s plan for the development of sustainable human settlements, called Breaking New Ground Homes. Around 17,000 bricks (enough for roughly 3 houses) are expected to be produced with plastic collected at the match.
“Once we have assessed the impact of the pilot project, we will look to incorporate it into more of our events,” concluded Roux