The stats come from a 2015 study conducted by Georgia University in the US.
The study finds on average, every South African accumulates about 2 kilograms of waste per day.
The Environmental Affairs Department’s deputy director for chemical waste, Mark Gordon, says it also shows that 12% of general waste is plastic.
He’s told MP’s that South Africa recycles almost 330,000 tonnes of plastic every year.
“South Africa has 56% of mismanaged waste. The study shows across the world of oceans polluted, about 50% of that plastic comes from within 50km of the coastline.”
Other African countries on the list include Nigeria and Egypt.