Procedures to follow
Plastics recyclers that recycle crates amongst other materials should follow the following
- Put a clear sign up somewhere that states that no stolen goods will be accepted.
- Apply for a Second Hand Dealers certificate by completing a Second Hand Dealers Application form available from your local area police station; documents SAP 21 and form SAPS 343. (You will be required to give copies of your ID, business cards, a basic sketch plan of your premises, business’s papers like a tax certificate, cc registration, VAT and PAYE certificates.)
- The police will acknowledge receipt of you application and pay you a visit to ensure that all the information was provided. Once satisfied, they will issue a Second Hand Dealers Certificate which is valid for one calendar year.
- Keep a Register of Second-Hand Goods, available from your local stationer or it can be computerised or any other book as long as it contains the necessary information.
a. Name of the goods
b. Description of the goods
c. Day and time purchased
d. Name, ID and address of person from whom goods were acquired (An example was given by Constable Baloyi as “Joshua Malete, Zimbabwean born on 3 June 1970, living under the N3 bridge”) A photograph would be ideal. Regular suppliers (collectors) can be registered once and be issued with a code or number.
e. Date and time of disposal of the goods, i.e. granulated or sold
- The goods must be kept in a specific location on the premises for 7 days before it can be disposed of.
- If the police gets a claim from the local dairy that the recycler stole his crates, the police will ask you to produce the register with the details of when and from whom it was obtained. They will then try to locate the seller and the recycler will be regarded as a legal owner of the goods.
The additional administration will assist the police to be up to date with the recycler’s activities and the police would be able to assist the recycler in case of a query. If the recyclers do not want to or cannot follow the procedures as explained in the Second Hand Goods Act, he should stay clear of crates or any other potentially contentious products.
Standard Operating Procedures
The Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) should be clearly displayed in the area where goods are received. The attached SOP is only an example and can be modified for the relevant products.
- No stolen goods to be accepted.
- All crates to be registered in the Register of Second-Hand Goods.
- Copy of the seller’s ID will be made.
- Goods will be kept on the premises for 7 days.
- The seller takes full responsibility for the goods sold.