When referring to any of the results of our analysis and/or its concept and design, please cite us accordingly:
Global Plastics Policy Centre (2022) March A., Salam, S., Evans, T., Hilton, J., Fletcher, S. (editors). Global Plastics Policy Review. Revolution Plastics, University of Portsmouth.
South Africa Customs and Excise Act (1964) Amendment of Rules (No. DAW931, 2004)View the policy document
Key FindingsView the policy document
This policy imposed a fixed price of 46 rand cents (USD 3.16) per plastic bag and was supplemented by an extra 3 rand cents (totaling USD 0.21). This policy was initially regarded as a major success, but ultimately failed to achieve long-term change as consumers became used to the tax.
Through an analytical framework, we've reviewed over 100 plastic policies. These reviews determine the effectiveness of policies in reducing plastic pollution and we offer recommendations in light of this evidence, to enhance future policy making. You can find out more about our methods on our methods page.Methods