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Waste Management and Recycling

PET plastic recycling awareness projects under way

19th August 2011 PET plastic recycling company (Petco) isl, between July and December this year, undertaking a new marketing campaign to emphasise the true value of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles, says CEO Cheri Scholtz. 

Consultancy urges exploration of new waste treatment methods

19th August 2011 Ground engineering and environmental consultancy group Golder Associates says waste management in South Africa, as in most developing countries, is heavily reliant on landfilling, with alternative waste treatment technologies, including recycling, anaerobic digestion, mechanical biologic... 

New system aimed at reducing waste destined for landfill

By: Dimakatso Motau     19th August 2011 Waste management company Interwaste Holdings has introduced a new waste management bin, the eeZeeBin, aimed at the commercial, industrial, retail and residential sectors, in July. 

Property company encourages waste management 

By: Dimakatso Motau     19th August 2011 JSE-listed Growthpoint Properties is encouraging the adoption of waste management practises and initiatives by its staff, tenants and contractors to enable it to contribute to a cleaner environment. 

Company launches equipment to aid in tyre recycling

By: Dimakatso Motau     19th August 2011 Tiputone, a company that focuses on reducing tyre waste and creating employment, will deliver the first of several of its patented tyre cutter machines to global miner Kumba Iron Ore’s Sishen mine, in the Northern Cape, in August. 

Law could place strain on municipal waste-management services

By: Tracy Hancock     20th August 2010 A significant challenge for waste management in South Africa is the failure of municipalities to carry out effective waste management practices because of a lack of resources; and new legislation is expected to further complicate the issue, reports Institute of Waste Management of South Africa... 

University rolls out recycling project

By: Tracy Hancock     20th August 2010 The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), in Port Elizabeth, is currently rolling out a recycling project at its residences on a trial basis.

Specific bins are placed in strategic areas for the separation of plastic, paper and glass. When these bins are full, various service providers... 

Company extends its expertise to waste-to-energy sector

20th August 2010 As the waste-to-energy sector becomes an effective and important tool to tackle the negative effect of waste disposal on the environment worldwide, while also providing the benefits of heat and electricity, national consulting engineer Bosch Projects has extended its areas of expertise into this... 

Mobile crusher 
helps to improve glass recycling

20th August 2010 About 550 000 t of glass waste finds its way into South African landfills every year, while only 200 000 t of all glass containers are retrieved for recycling, reports nonprofit organisation Glass Recycling Company.

“Glass is a 100% infinitely recyclable product, and the production of new glass... 

Hooklift trucks supplied for waste handling

By: Tracy Hancock     20th August 2010 Heavy equipment manufacturers Bell Equipent reports that it will be supplying its hooklift trucks to the City of Cape Town for use on the municipality’s dump sites. Two of the five hooklift trucks, were delivered in mid-August, while the remaining three are scheduled for delivery in September. 

Waste disposal programme key for South Africa 

By: Tracy Hancock     20th August 2010 With recent reports of illegal dumping of medical waste and noncompliant incineration in South Africa, incinerator technology company Advanced Industrial Technology (Ai-Tec) director Arnold Retief believes that it is critical that the country implements an acceptable waste disposal programme.... 

‘Green’ bricks for 
community clinic

By: Tracy Hancock     20th August 2010 Manufacturer of recycled bricks Cape Brick is supplying an energy-efficient, environment-friendly concrete masonry product for the construction of the Malmesbury/Wesbank Community Day Centre (CDC), a community day clinic, in the Western Cape.

The construction of the 2 000-m2 clinic started in... 

Weighbridges key 
for waste facilities

By: Tracy Hancock     20th August 2010 Specialist in weighing equipment and data management Massamatic operations manager Werner Barnard says that it is important for a weighbridge to be used at waste facilities to monitor incoming waste, build a client database and send detailed invoices.

Massamatic has partnered with Mandalay... 

New tyre recycling plant for South Africa 

By: Tracy Hancock     20th August 2010 South African company Hamba Kanqane has partnered with Australian rubber producer Rubber Solutions to construct South Africa’s first 4-t/h tyre recycling plant, in Mpumalanga province. 

PET waste 
recycling doubles in four years

21st August 2009 The plastic bottle or polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling industry has nearly doubled its tonnage since 2005 through the introduction of the voluntary recycling levy for producers of the plastic. 

Waste pickers not recognised in new Waste Act

By: Kelly Farthing     21st August 2009 Over one hundred waste pickers from around South Africa gathered in Johannesburg, last month, for the country’s first National Waste Pickers Meeting. 

Roll-out of new glass banks locally

21st August 2009 The national body responsible for increasing the recovery of waste glass for recycling, The Glass Recycling Company, has rolled out 700 new glass banks with an improved design. 

Huge potential for vermicompost in South Africa

By: Kelly Farthing     21st August 2009 Organic recycling company Turfnet sees huge potential in South Africa for vermicompost, an organic compost that is believed to be the cleanest form of organics in the world. 

Cape Town takes on new waste management bylaw

21st August 2009 The City of Cape Town is the first municipality in the country to introduce a new waste management bylaw in line with new national legislation. 

Local company takes off in Western Cape waste management market

21st August 2009 Mobile crushing, screening and washing solutions company Pilot Crushtec has experienced a sharp increase in the sale of equipment to waste management businesses in the Western Cape during the past three years. 

Hydrochlorofluorocarbon legislation requires strategic decisions

21st August 2009 Imports of refrigerants containing virgin hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC) will face heavy restrictions from next year and businesses need to start planning now to prevent the onset of escalating costs for retrofitting and recycling, warns Afrox speciality gases’ manager Robert Carlton-Shields. 

Game reserve takes on waste management

By: Kelly Farthing     21st August 2009 Mmasebudule Recycling Company located in the Madikwe game reserve, in North West province, has recycled over 200 t of glass and 10 t of cans generated within the reserve. 

Cellphone ‘take-back' drive to reduce electronic waste

By: Fatima Gabru     22nd August 2008 Cellphone manufacturer Nokia's launch of its cellphone ‘take-back' initiative in June has been positively received by the cellphone networks, as well as the general industry, says Nokia head of customer care in Sub-Saharan Africa Matthew Channing. 

Carton reuse reduces landfill waste

22nd August 2008 A division of general and hazardous waste management company EnviroServ Waste Management (EWM), EnviroServ Polymer Solutions (EPS) aims to increase production of and market demand in plastic composite pallets to 30 000 a month, saving 680 t/m of Tetra Paks, or the equivalent of 2,4-million... 

Recycling to turn rubble into rands

22nd August 2008 Materials handling specialist IMS Engineering are supplying a range of recycling solutions for the construction industry, in conjunction with its technology partners Hazemag, Neuenhauser and Haahjem from Norway. 

Consortium to offer plasma gasification waste management technology 

By: Fatima Gabru     22nd August 2008 Renewable energy company Afro Energy and carbon asset management firm AAP Carbon has formed a consortium to provide the waste management industry with a plasma gasification (PG) technology, says Afro Energy’s chief executive Thulani Khanyile. 

Legislation to benefit SA waste management

By: Fatima Gabru     22nd August 2008 Upcoming legislation changes for the waste management industry will have a positive effect on the industry’s growth, which is currently worth over R10-billion yearly, says the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) president Vincent Charnley. 

Buy-in needed to grow glass recycling

By: Fatima Gabru     22nd August 2008 The amount of post consumer glass recovered for recycling has grown by 22% nationally in the past financial year ending June 2008, says industry owned The Glass Recycling Company (TGRC) GM Shabeer Jhetam. 

Recycling association supports afforestation

By: Fatima Gabru     22nd August 2008 The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry's (Dwaf's) undertaking to issue water licences, and facilitate the planting of 10 000 hectares of trees a year for the next ten years, is necessary for the sustainability of the paper industry, says newly seconded Paper Recycling Association of South... 

Tshwane extends its waste-management truck fleet

By: Dennis Ndaba     11th April 2008 The City of Tshwane has taken delivery of 20 Mercedes-Benz Atego 1528/36 trucks, boosting its waste-management fleet. 

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). 

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. 

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