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Environmental News

Glass recycling seen as big Big employment opportunity 

By: Dennis Ndaba     14th December 2007 The Glass Recycling Company (GRC) intends to set up at least 80 entrepreneurs a year, which, in turn, will see at least 4 800 new informal jobs created as up to 60 collectors sell glass to an entrepreneur. 

SA's waste management is technologically sound – industry body

By: Guy Copans     2nd November 2007 The waste management industry in South Africa is technologically sound, and a number of local landfill sites operations are able to compete with first world operations, says Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) president Shirleigh Strydom. 

Plan to introduce bacteria-based wastewater solution to South Africa

By: Christy van der Merwe     5th October 2007 With operations in the US, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Colombia, environment-friendly cleaning solutions provider Environmental Biotech is now focusing its efforts on the South African market, and hoping to unveil the benefits of bacteria in a holistic waste management system. 

Necsa gets environmental go-ahead for Pelindaba waste-management project

31st August 2007 Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism Martinhus van Schalkwyk has set aside appeals against his record of decision in favour of the proposed installation and operation of a test smelter, followed by the installation and operation of two induction smelters within the existing facilities of... 

Joint industry initiative grows waste-glass recovery more than 20% 

By: Neal Goldwyer     24th August 2007 Non-profit organisation the Glass Recycling Company has grown levels of waste glass recovery in South Africa by 24% in its first year of operation. 

Billboard campaign a consumer call to action

24th August 2007 The plastics industry's first joint initiative to self-regulate post-consumption polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling, PET Recycling Company (PETco), has unveiled a billboard campaign designed to encourage consumers to participate actively in PET recovery and recycling. 

Environmental responsibility and sustainability key to new Bill

By: Neal Goldwyer     24th August 2007 The National Environmental Management Waste Management Bill, which aims to entrench waste management best practices into law, has been submitted to Parliament for approval and promulgation, following a period of public commentary since it was gazetted in January 2007. 

Cracks in the glass shortage to appear next year

By: Neal Goldwyer     24th August 2007 Glass manufacturer Consol Glass (Consol) has completed a R410-million upgrade and expansion project to its Consol Bellville number one furnace (B1). 

Lesotho moves ahead with far-reaching wastewater upgrade

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     20th August 2007 Lesotho's ambitious 28,6-million-euro project to overhaul the wastewater system in the country's capital, Maseru, is progressing toward the second phase, which includes the medium-term works. The project, spearheaded by the country's Water and Sewerage Authority, includes the... 

New AltX entrant won't waste growth opportunities

By: Nelendhre Moodley     14th June 2007 Interwaste Holdings became the second waste-management company to list on the JSE when it floated its shares on the AltX on Thursday. 

Interwaste to list on AltX in June

By: Nelendhre Moodley     25th May 2007 Waste management company Interwaste Holdings is set to become the second local waste management company to list on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange when it floats its shares on AltX in mid-June, a spokesperson told Engineering News Online on Friday.  

SA to develop policy on 'waste energy' in the cement industry

By: Nelendhre Moodley     25th May 2007 The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (Deat) plans to develop a statement on waste destruction through high temperature thermal treatment and a policy on the use of selected hazardous and general waste in cement kilns as an energy source. 

Gauteng tackles mounting waste volumes

By: Nelendhre Moodley     24th April 2007 The Gauteng Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environmental Affairs (GDACE) has begun a process towards the development of a general waste-management plan, in an attempt to reduce and better manage growing volumes of waste being generated and disposed of in the province. Gauteng is the... 

A sustainable approach to waste management

13th April 2007 The National Environmental Management: Waste Management Bill, gazzetted in January, will entrench best practices in waste management into law, replacing the outdated and unsustainable ‘end of pipe’ approach with a new, more environmentally responsible and sustainable approach. 

120 governments meet to tackle huge global generation of electronic debris

By: Jade Davenport     8th December 2006 With a rapidly growing international awareness concerning climate change and environmental sustainability, 120 governments recently met at the United Nations (UN)-sponsored Nairobi Conference in a bid to seek solutions to the ever-increasing global generations of electronic waste (e-waste). 

National initiative includes manufacture of 'sustainable packaging' as World Cup special

By: Jade Davenport     8th December 2006 A nationwide initiative to avoid and reduce the potential negative impacts of excessive waste and pollution during the 2010 World Cup has been launched by nongovernmental organisation (NGO) the Institute for Zero Waste (Izwa). 

E-waste culpits risking hefty penalities, conference told

By: Nelendhre Moodley     29th November 2006 Corporations are being held responsible for generating about 80% of electronic waste (e-waste), which is considered to be the world's fastest-growing and potentially most dangerous waste problem both in South Africa and globally. 

Environmentally safe solution offered

3rd November 2006 The drum valve systems manufactured by Micro Matic USA offer an environmentally safe solution to the standardisation of liquid containers and drums for returnable packaging. 

Waste-management firm shifts focus to recycling 

By: Clement Deane     25th August 2006 A new focus is being introduced in Johannesburg waste-management company Pikitup’s efforts to encourage citizens to recycle. 

Vanadium producer installs R32m waste facility

By: Clement Deane     25th August 2006 In order to manage the waste streams at vanadium producer Vanchem’s processing plant in Witbank, Golder Associates Africa had to allocate R32-million to the implementation of a waste-manage-ment scheme. This included the building of a slimes facility, a pumping scheme, and a thickening... 

Recycling firms tackle SA’s rising e-waste problem

By: Clement Deane     25th August 2006 The management of electronic waste is becoming a problem, according to Debi Van Rensburg, environmental officer at Industria-based company Universal Recycling. 

Earthworms munch on 200-kg ‘breakfast buffet’

25th August 2006 Cape Town’s most famous hotel, the Mount Nelson, has embarked on a novel way of disposing of its waste - it has established an on-site worm farm, or vermiculture, to process leftover food and other organic matter. 

Industry adopts ‘waste logistics’ approach

25th August 2006 TFM Industries (Olifantsfontein) is South Africa’s leading supplier of waste equipment and solutions to the waste industry. 

Ozone technology treats polluted water

25th August 2006 The use of ozone in water treatment systems isn’t a new concept - it has been used for close on 100 years to disinfect municipal drinking water, and more recently also as disinfectant in waste water treatment facilities. 

Firm gets enviro certification

25th August 2006 Scrap-metal recycling company National Scrap Metal received an ISO 14001 certification in June this year. 

Changing attitudes to incineration

25th August 2006 Ten years ago, a vociferous outcry against incineration was burgeoning. 

3-D modelling supports alternative-energy R&D

2nd June 2006 Eastern Cape manufacturer Agricon Pelleting Machines has used the latest modelling technology to design equipment that compacts waste material, creating viable alternative energy sources that are cheaper and burn cleaner than coal. 

Water-treatment plant completed

By: Mischa Drotsky     31st March 2006 The recovery, treatment and re-use of surface, subsurface and other domestic and industrial waste water is an important part of water management at Process Water Technologies. 

Environmental legislation promotes growth for contract industry

By: Jade Davenport     24th March 2006 During the last decade local industrial, mining and petrochemical companies have come under increasing pressure from international protocols and, more specifically, the South African government to comply with environmental legislation that limits the generation of pollution and encourages... 

Cleaning up

By: Keith Campbell     17th February 2006 The need to counter global warming, conserve water, and protect the environment are creating important new opportunities for IST Industrial. 

Importing Brazilian R&D

By: Mariaan Webb     3rd February 2006 Local waste-materials-handling equipment manufacturer 600SA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the 600Group, has partnered with a Brazilian-manufacturer Usimeca to manufacture and import a new range of materials-handling equipment. 

Electronic transactions soon at waste management centres

26th October 2005 City of Johannesburg waste management company, Pikitup Johannesburg, is soon to introduce electronic payment facilities for its customers when they make payments at its service centres. 

SA in danger of losing water excellence?

By: Irma Venter     21st October 2005 The outbreak of typhoid in Delmas illustrates that those responsible for water and waste water management in many municipalities do not have a basic understanding of what the job entails, says Mike Muller of the University of Witwatersrand’s graduate school of Public and Development... 

Bioremediation is a safe wastewater treatment alternative

By: Jade Davenport     26th August 2005 South Africa’s classification as a newly-industrialising country has resulted in a significant amount of effluents, industrial-residues and industrial accidents contaminating surface waters, soils, air, streams and reservoirs. 

Durban firm manages closure of waste disposal site

26th August 2005 Durban-based specialist in the management, maintenance and operation of infrastructure and essential municipal facilities Munitech, has been appointed by Buffalo City to project manage, design and administer the closure of the Second Creek site, in East London, and the NU2 site, in Mdantsane. 

Recycler stands firm in never-ending waste battle

By: Jade Davenport     26th August 2005 The city of Johannesburg, home to 3,2-million people, is the most thriving metropolitan in South Africa and, as a result, attracts more than 20 000 new residents every year. 

Truck specialist continues to support local waste sector

26th August 2005 Drawing on the expertise it has developed by supporting the local waste-management industry as well as its alliances with international partners, specialist truck body builder TFM Industries continues to develop customised waste-collection vehicles for South African municipalities and private... 

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