Adri Spangenberg has been announced as the new CEO of the Southern African Vinyls Association (SAVA). Adri is also CEO of the Polystyrene Association of South Africa, which means she’s no stranger to heading up non-profit associations and fighting the cause for the recycling of challenging plastics.

Adri was appointed by the SAVA board of directors in June. Since her appointment, she has been working hard behind the scenes preparing the submissions for the Industry Waste Management plan (IWMP) and managing the day-to-day administration of the Association.

“A lot of synergy that exists between SAVA and the Polystyrene Association of SA,” says Adri. “Both PVC and Polystyrene are misunderstood plastics and face similar threats. End-markets for both of these polymers need to be developed to encourage increased collection and recycling. Fortunately, many of the members who are involved in the supply of raw material components or the production of packaging materials belong to both organisations. These members often need to present at the same meetings with government and other stakeholders. Being intimately involved with both organisations affords me a bird’s eye view of the industry, as well as a stronger platform to represent the interests of both these industries. ”

Global Vinyl Council (GVC) has offered Adri their assistance and support with driving SAVA’s Product Stewardship Commitment (PSC) and other PVC-related matters.

“It is wonderful to have such a wide network of experts at your disposal to call upon for guidance and to learn from their international best practices. I am honoured by the confidence the SAVA board has placed in me and thank the Polystyrene Association of South Africa for their support in managing both these important associations,” concludes Adri.

For more information, contact the Southern African Vinyls Association via www.savinyls.co.za.

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