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Recycling & Waste Management News

Aggregate recycling to benefit industry

     26th May 2017 South African aggregate producers are drawing up plans to formalise the aggregate recycling industry to ensure that previously used materials are given new life, in the best possible manner. The aggregate producers’ organization Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa)... 

Eskom Academy trains over 500 contractors

     19th May 2017 Over the last three years, State-owned power utility Eskom’s enterprise development programme, the Contractor Academy, trained 518 contractors from all nine provinces, with the youth accounting for about 60% of participants. The programme started as a pilot programme in 2008 and has since grown... 

Eskom Academy trains over  500 contractors
Photo by Duane Daws
ESKOM CONTRACTOR ACADEMY The academy trained 518 contractors from all nine provinces

World record set after large oil rig lifted and shipped in one piece

By: Dylan Slater     19th May 2017 North Sea oil rig the Brent Delta platform, belonging to oil company Shell UK, was recently successfully lifted off of its three-legged structure in the Brent oilfield, about 180 km off the coast of the Shetland Islands last month, setting a world record for the heaviest single-piece lift at sea.  

World record set after large oil rig lifted and shipped in one piece
BRENT DELTA The large and ageing oil rig arrives at the Able Seaton Port to be recycled

Vinyl recycling initiative yielding results

By: Dylan Slater     5th May 2017 Since launching its own recycling initiative at the end of 2016, vinyl floor and protection solutions company Polyflor South Africa (SA) has recycled more than 4 t of vinyl floor offcuts.  

Vinyl recycling initiative yielding results
MINDSET CHANGE Branded discard bags encourage vinyl flooring contractors to collect and recycle discard

South Africa starting to embrace a circular economy

By: Anine Kilian     4th May 2017 Developing and embracing a circular economy is one of the key topics of discussion at Word Economic Forum (WEF) Africa, being held in Durban this week. A circular economy is an alternative to a traditional linear economy, where countries manufacture products and keep resources in use for as long... 

Johannesburg to restore dignity to residents through job creation – Mashaba

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     3rd May 2017 The City of Johannesburg cannot continue accepting its projected 1.6% economic growth rate, as it will not be able to reverse the high rates of unemployment, Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba said on Wednesday, adding that the city needed to achieve a minimum of 5% economic growth by 2021. During... 

Johannesburg to restore dignity to residents through job creation – Mashaba

Kenya seeks to cure plastic bag addiction with blanket ban 

By: Reuters     2nd May 2017 The sight of overflowing heaps of plastic waste at Gioto, the largest dump in Nakuru County, in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley, was an eyesore that turned photojournalist James Waikibia into an environmental activist. Knowing plastic was a national problem, he decided to look beyond his hometown of... 

Court finds for community in Shongweni landfill saga

By: African News Agency      28th April 2017 There was singing and dancing outside the Durban High Court this week as Judge Gregory Kruger granted an interim order compelling waste management giant EnviroServ to cease all acceptance, treatment and disposal of waste at its Shongweni landfill. The company has come under intense scrutiny as... 

Court finds for community in Shongweni landfill saga

Ambitious target for sanitation globally

     28th April 2017 The Sustainable Development Goal for sanitation is an ambitious one and was the subject of much discussion and anxiety for delegates from around the world at the fourth Faecal Sludge Management (FSM4), held in India, in February.  

Ambitious target for  sanitation globally
SUSTAINABLE GOALS The 2017 faecal sludge management conference outlined various countries’ targets towards sustainable sewage treatment by 2030

Discussions to spark innovative solutions

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th April 2017 Engineers Without Borders South Africa (EWBSA) last month hosted an interactive discussion for students at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and young professionals regarding the future of sanitation in South Africa last month.  

Modernised sewage treatment aids efficiency

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th April 2017 Owing to climate change globally and increasing droughts recently being experienced in South Africa, water treatment industries are in a steep growth phase, which have triggered the need for more cost-effective technologies for industry.  

Modernised sewage treatment aids efficiency
TRIED AND PROVEN WKL Environmental Solutions uses the return activated sludge process to achieve desired standards of sewage treatment

Outa investigates DWS

     28th April 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has raised concern over the widespread violation of the public’s constitutional right of access to clean drinking water and a healthy environment.  

Outa investigates DWS
JULIUS KLEYNHANS The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse is concerned about the state of water affairs and the lack of accountability

Solutions company installs latest innovation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th April 2017 Water recycling solutions provider Biobox is installing its first locally manufactured MobiSewer sewage treatment system unit at a retirement estate in Benoni, Gauteng. The recycled water will be used for water features and irrigation throughout the estate.  

Solutions company installs latest innovation
FIRST INSTALLATION The MobiSewer incoporates all sewage treatment processes in one container

Wastewater management short course presented

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th April 2017 Owing to ageing water infrastructure as well as the increasing drought crisis that has affected various regions in the country, Enterprises University of Pretoria (Enterprises UP) notes that its short courses on water quality management and effluent treatment challenge attendees to come up with... 

Shongweni landfill site owners get death threats  

By: News24Wire      25th April 2017 Shongweni landfill site owners EnviroServ – accused of being responsible for a "big stink" which is making people sick – says its officials and their families are being intimidated and harassed and have been forced to up security at their homes after receiving threats of abduction and even death.... 

Cogeneration valuable to S Africa’s energy mix

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st April 2017 With cleaner energy technology rapidly advancing and industries increasingly aiming to stabilise their power supply through off-grid generation alternatives, energy solutions provider Vuselela Energy director Jacques Malan is confident that cogeneration systems can offer a valuable power... 

Cogeneration valuable  to S Africa’s energy mix
AWARD-WINNING SOLUTIONS Vuselela Energy’s Eternity Power project is enabling a smelter in Rustenburg to harvest thermal energy and convert it into energy

DEA to delve into plastic bag recycling saga

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th April 2017 The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) will be liaising with the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) and the South African Bureau of Standards to ensure that manufacturers of plastic carrier bags comply with regulatory requirements and standards, it says. This follows... 

Recycling problem not just confined to plastics – Sapro 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th April 2017 The recyclability of many products in the South African market is “just not being considered anymore”, with very few product designers considering end-of-life during the design stage of the product, South African Plastics Recycling Organisation’s (Sapro's) Annabé Pretorius tells Engineering News... 

Recycling problem not just confined to plastics – Sapro

SMEs, entrepreneurs called to enter clean technology innovation competition

By: Dylan Slater     12th April 2017 The Global Cleantech Innovation Programme of South Africa (GCIP-SA) has opened entries for its yearly competition, which is focused on highlighting the latest clean technology innovations and solutions, to entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).  

SMEs, entrepreneurs called to enter clean technology innovation competition
GCIP-SA top performers for 2016, Yolandi Schoeman and Martin Ackermann, with Gerswynn McKuur (left) and Paul deGive at the Cleantech Open Global Forum in San Francisco

Plastic bag working group weighing solutions to recyclability problem 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th April 2017 A working group set up to investigate the impact ‘fillers’ are having on the recyclability of plastic supermarket carrier bags is said to have “progressed well” in researching possible solutions and will report back to the industry in June. Established four months ago, the group includes... 

Plastic bag working group weighing solutions to recyclability problem

DEA suspends activities at EnviroServ’s Shongweni landfill site

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th April 2017 The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) on Tuesday suspended the acceptance, treatment and disposal of waste at EnviroServ Waste Management’s Shongweni landfill site, in eThekwini, KwaZulu-Natal, which failed to comply with provisions of the law and conditions of its Waste Management... 

Success abounds in paper recycling and recovery

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st March 2017 Despite South Africa having less easily accessible recycling initiatives in place than in developed countries, such as recycling bins in every park or street, or systematic waste recovery at household level, the Paper Recycling Association of South Africa (Prasa) says the country’s paper... 

Sustainable industry dispels misconceptions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st March 2017 Contrary to the misconceptions about the paper industry being detrimental to the environment, Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) executive director Jane Molony posits that the sector is “incredibly sustainable” and shows a circular economy in action. Whether made from virgin... 

Petco increases rate of PET recycling in 2016

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th March 2017 Recycling company Petco has recycled some 22% more post-consumer bottles in 2016, pushing its yearly polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling rate from 52% to 55% in 2016. This marked the second year that Petco has exceeded its recycling target, with the total PET market growing by 14.8% to 241... 

Pumps make water treatment easier

     24th March 2017 Used service water from industrial processes is one of the most problematic types of waste water owing to its composition, as it is often very demanding for conveying systems, says building materials and concrete manufacturer NETZSCH Pumpen & Systeme. 

Pumps make water treatment easier
RELIABLE SOLUTIONS Reliable and robust conveying solutions do now exist for efficient treatment of industrial waste water and sludge

EnviroServ CEO cited in 'toxic landfill' charges 

By: African News Agency      23rd March 2017 Dean Thompson, the CE of waste management giant EnviroServ, will be criminally charged alongside the company on several allegations of contravening environmental legislation at EnviroServ’s Shongweni landfill site. The company has come under severe criticism over its management of the landfill by... 

Recent aquisition enhances firm’s product quality

By: Victor Moolman     17th March 2017 Following filtration technology company Freudenberg Filtration Technologies’ acquisition of technology producer Alphasorb in the second quarter of 2016, the quality of Freudenberg’s gas-control products has increased greatly, says Freudenberg market segment manager for sub-Saharan Africa Pooven... 

Recent aquisition enhances firm’s product quality
DANGEROUS Corrosive gases are usually by-products of industry processes and can be flammable

Molewa publishes draft coastal waters discharge permit regulations for public input

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th March 2017 Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa, on March 10, published the draft coastal waters discharge permit regulations in the Government Gazette for public comment. The regulations seek to provide an administrative framework to implement Section 69 of the National Environmental Management:... 

R1bn Eastern basin treatment plant processes 94 Mℓ/d of AMD 

     9th March 2017 Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has officially visited the Eastern Basin acid mine drainage treatment plant, in Springs, where she heaped high praise on the facility and its operators. 

R1bn Eastern basin treatment plant processes 94 Mℓ/d of AMD
R1bn Eastern basin treatment plant processes 94 Mℓ/d of AMD

EnviroServ lashes out at DEA over Shongweni landfill 

By: African News Agency      8th March 2017 Waste management giant EnviroServ has accused the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) of bias and fuelling a “trial by media” through its handling of the Shongweni landfill. It further accused the DEA of having decided, despite no formal resolution or action taken, to suspend the company’s... 

Water crisis impacting economic growth, but there are solutions – GIBB

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     3rd March 2017 With the Water Research Commission (WRC) predicting that South Africa will require 17% more water by the year 2030 and with the country’s water supplies almost fully allocated, it has become even more pressing to change peoples’ attitude towards water use and effectively manage water demand,... 

Water crisis impacting economic growth, but there are solutions – GIBB

Increased awareness key to enhancing industrial water efficiency

By: Robyn Wilkinson     3rd March 2017 Increased awareness of the importance of water conservation and an enhanced sensitisation to practices that can facilitate it are some of the most effective means of eliciting a positive response to the drive to see that water efficiency practices are adopted in South Africa’s industrial... 

Increased awareness key to  enhancing industrial water efficiency
SAFEGUARDING SCARCE RESOURCE The Industrial Water Efficiency Project will guide a transformation of industry’s water use through a systematic and holistic approach to water management

Industrial effluent recovery a sustainable water solution

By: Robyn Wilkinson     3rd March 2017 With the Department of Water Affairs’ National Water Week Awareness campaign – taking place from March 17 to 23 – celebrating twenty years of water delivery for social and economic development, water treatment specialist Proxa is looking to the future of water in South Africa by developing... 

Newly installed system helps KZN factory recover 1.63 Mℓ of process water

By: David Oliveira     3rd March 2017 A 500 000 ℓ rainwater harvesting system was handed over to global healthcare company BSN Medical’s Pinetown factory, in KwaZulu-Natal, in January, helping the company to reduce its environmental impact and operational costs as part of its global green initiative. Local rainwater harvesting... 

Newly installed system helps KZN factory recover  1.63 Mℓ of process water
COST CUTTING BSN Medical’s 500 000 ℓ rainwater harvesting system at the company’s factory in Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal, will help reduce its operational costs

One regional water utility for the Eastern Cape

By: Robyn Wilkinson     3rd March 2017 Eastern Cape State-owned water utility Amatola Water is leading the charge in the advocacy of and planning activities required to ensure that a single regional bulk water utility is realised in the Eastern Cape, in line with the Department of Water and Sanitation’s (DWS’s) institutional reform... 

Programme complements government objectives

By: Robyn Wilkinson     3rd March 2017 Private higher education institution Monash South Africa welcomed the first class of students for its new Postgraduate Diploma in Water Management this year. 

Programme complements government objectives
BIMO NKHATA Water Week is crucial for highlighting the role that every person has to play in using water responsibly and sustainably

Responsible water use habits a focus for the long term

By: Robyn Wilkinson     3rd March 2017 The water use strategies currently being adopted in South Africa to manage water shortfalls and prevent further drought damage must become long-term water use habits for all citizens, says South African advisory services provider KPMG associate director Antonino Manus. 

Responsible water  use habits a focus  for the long term
ANTONINO MANUS South Africa cannot afford a retraction in economic growth stemming from unjustifiably high water use
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