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City wants your comment on new strategy to drought-proof Cape Town

By: News24Wire      15th February 2019 After a drought almost left Capetonians queuing for a mere few litres of water per person per day, the City of Cape Town wants your comment on a proposed R5.4bn strategy to avoid another possible "Day Zero". The proposed strategy, if accepted after public comment, presents ways of meeting growing... 

'South Africans must take climate change seriously' – Ramaphosa

By: News24Wire      15th February 2019 It is time for South Africans to take climate change seriously, said President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday in his response to the debate on his State of the Nation Address. He said if South Africa is a country that prioritises the interests of the poor and the vulnerable, then we need to act with... 

'South Africans must take climate change seriously' – Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Technical workshops to address energy efficiency

By: Paige Müller     15th February 2019 The Department of Trade and Industry’s National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) programme states that it will host technical workshops at this year’s Africa Energy Indaba. NCPC-SA communication manager Julie Wells tells Engineering News that the organisation plans on “a strong... 

Technical workshops to address energy efficiency
Photo by Bloomberg
MITIGATING EMISSIONS NCPC-SA’s South African Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) project has mitigating about 3.7-million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions

Pick n Pay trials reusable bag made from green plastic bottles

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th February 2019 Supermarket chain Pick n Pay is trialling a R5 reusable bag made from green plastic bottles, as an affordable alternative to plastic carrier bags. The bag is the first of its kind and will be initially introduced to 22 stores across the country to gauge customer reaction.  

Pick n Pay trials reusable bag made from green plastic bottles
Pick n Pay transformation director Suzanne Ackerman-Berman with the company's new R5 reusabe bag

Pikitup finds new bin providers, expects supply to resume by end-Feb 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th February 2019 Waste manager Pikitup’s spokesperson Muzi Mkhwanazi has confirmed to Engineering News Online that the company has had challenges with its wheelie bin supplier, resulting in a shortage of about 22 000 bins. Contracts with new service providers have, however, been entered into.  

Ford engages the mining sector on the road to more EVs

By: Kim Cloete     5th February 2019 Ford is quickening its pace towards the mass production of electric vehicles (EVs) and researching how the mining industry can help it to achieve its goals. “There are tremendous investments taking place at every level to achieve this radical revolution in the automotive industry,” Ford energy... 

IFAT Africa features broader scope

1st February 2019 IFAT Africa, a trade fair for water, sewage, refuse and recycling, will have a broader scope this year, as the event is colocated for the first time with food & drink technology Africa (fdt Africa) and analytica Lab Africa. Presented by international exhibition organiser Messe München, IFAT... 

IFAT Africa features broader scope
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WASTE AND RECYCLING IFAT Africa will focus on waste management and recycling for sub-Saharan Africa

GEF, UN Environment partner with tech companies to launch e-waste economy in Nigeria

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th January 2019 The Nigerian government, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and UN Environment have partnered with Dell, HP, Microsoft and Phillips to launch a $15-million investment to create a formal electronic-waste (e-waste) recycling industry in Nigeria. A report published on Thursday by the World... 

GEF, UN Environment partner with tech companies to launch e-waste economy in Nigeria
Photo by Bloomberg
E-Waste

Thirty companies form alliance to help curb plastic waste

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th January 2019 Thirty companies have joined forces to establish the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW), which aims to advance solutions to reduce and eliminate plastic waste from the environment, especially the ocean. The alliance is a nonprofit organisation that involves companies from across the global... 

Thirty companies form alliance to help curb plastic waste

China starts new recycling drive as foreign trash ban widens

By: Reuters     15th January 2019 China plans to launch 100 new large-scale recycling "bases" by the end of next year, part of a campaign to make better use of its resources after extending a ban on foreign trash imports. A long manufacturing boom has saddled China with millions of tonnes of waste, much of which is buried in... 

UN warns of rising levels of toxic brine as more desalination plants are built

By: Simone Liedtke     14th January 2019 The fast-rising number of desalination plants globally, now almost 16 000, quench a growing thirst for fresh water but create a “salty dilemma” on how to deal with all the chemical-laden left-over brine, authors of a recently published United Nations- (UN-) backed paper say. In the paper, the... 

There’s a tiny plastic enemy threatening the planet’s oceans

By: Bloomberg     11th January 2019 Environmentalists have identified another threat to the planet. It’s called a nurdle. Nurdles are tiny pellets of plastic resin no bigger than a pencil eraser that manufacturers transform into packaging, plastic straws, water bottles and other typical targets of environmental action. 

Odourless treatment process produces energy, creates jobs

By: Cameron Mackay     14th December 2018 A new labour-based upgrade for wastewater management plants and acid mine drainage plants below ground – the upflow anaerobic sludge blanket reactor (UASB) process – can be used to produce potable water and energy while reducing costs and creating job opportunities, says engineering and... 

Odourless treatment process produces energy, creates jobs
HYSON CELLS The upflow anaerobic sludge blanket reactor process is below ground, which allows for natural insulation of the cone structures

Self-sustaining clean energy system developed

By: Paige Müller     14th December 2018 Sustainable energy specialist Hyson Sustainable Energy – situated in Krugersdorp – has developed and patented a fully self-sustaining, energy-producing tower, says Hyson Sustainable Energy MD Sally Hall. “The Hyson Sustainable Energy ‘Power Tower’, which was provisionally patented just seven... 

Self-sustaining clean  energy system developed
Photo by Bloomberg
ZERO EMISSIONS The Hyson Sustainable Energy ‘Power Tower’ allows for the recycling of liquefied carbon dioxide and water used in the energy generation process, resulting in zero harmful emissions

2019 Petco Awards open for nominations

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th December 2018 The South African polyethylene terephthalate (PET) industry’s biggest celebration of recycling and waste management excellence, the Petco Awards, are now open for nominations. The awards recognise leadership and future-thinking across the PET industry and beyond in addressing a reduction in, as... 

Growthpoint prepares for Cape Town’s planned ban on wet waste at landfills  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th December 2018 JSE-listed real estate investment trust (Reit) Growthpoint Properties has partnered with Waste Transformers – an organisation based in Netherlands – to leverage end-of-pipeline food waste from the Reit’s shopping malls and to adopt a decentralised approach to organic waste. This comes ahead of... 

Growthpoint prepares for Cape Town’s planned ban on wet waste at landfills
Waste Transformer's aerobic digester at Growthpoint Properties' N1 City Mall

Mpumalanga remains under strain as water pollution continues

By: Simone Liedtke     4th December 2018 Residents of Mpumalanga remain concerned about sewage spillages and wastewater challenges. The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has received complaints about alleged sewage spillages and/or the inadequate treatment of wastewater. 

Circular economy presents opportunities for Africa

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     30th November 2018 The circular economy, as a reformative system, presents significant opportunities for Africa to deliver on more inclusive economic growth, which includes job opportunities and the positive environmental practices that are in dire need for sustainable growth, says waste management company... 

Circular economy presents opportunities for Africa
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GROWING SECTOR The waste picker sector is growing and plays a key role in South Africa’s recycling strategy

Company opens new energy and resource recovery facility

30th November 2018 Waste management service provider Oricol Environmental Services earlier this month opened its new resource recovery facility in Cato Ridge, KwaZulu-Natal. The facility has been certified to the international standard ISO 14001:2015. It specifies the requirements for an environmental management... 

Company opens new energy and resource  recovery facility
RECOVERY FACILITY The Cato Ridge facility is permitted to process hazardous solids, liquids and sludges, which includes solvents, oils and oils sludges, paint sludges, solids, acids and bases

Pollutec off to a resounding start

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th November 2018 Burkina Faso Chamber of Commerce GM Martial Tapsoba this week expressed his pleasure at the country being honoured at this year’s Pollutec 2018 – an environmental trade show that attracts thousands of exhibitors showcasing eco-innovations and clean technology solutions. The event, being held in... 

First institutional anaerobic digester launched at NPO’s Johannesburg premises

By: Simone Liedtke     28th November 2018 To promote renewable energy as a cost-effective technology in a world facing the impact of climate change and global warming, the University of South Africa, diversified miner Exxaro Resources and the South African National Energy Development Institution on Wednesday launched its first... 

First institutional anaerobic digester launched at NPO’s Johannesburg premises
Photo by Simone Liedtke
The University of South Africa, Exxaro Resources and the South African National Energy Development Institution on Wednesday launched its first institutional anaerobic digester at nonprofit organisation EARTH Centre’s premises, in Johannesburg

UCT growing bricks of any shape from urine

By: Schalk Burger     23rd November 2018 The University of Cape Town (UCT) Civil Engineering Department has developed a process to grow bricks that can be any shape using sand, bacteria and human urine. The bricks are made of calcium carbonate (CaCO3) – the same substance as limestone, coral reefs, egg- and seashells – and sand cemented... 

UCT growing bricks of any shape from urine
GROWING BRICKS Sand, bacteria, fertiliser and urine produce calcium carbonate bricks in any shape

Small thermal plants hold promise for regions without grid electricity 

By: Nadine James     2nd November 2018 Small-scale power generation plants driven by hydrocarbon sources and biomass are still likely to play a valuable part in rolling out electricity in regions of Africa unserved by grid power and where renewable resources are insufficient to sustain a reliable energy supply, according to SRK... 

Danone Southern Africa joins Polystyrene Association of South Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     25th October 2018 Danone Southern Africa (Danone SA) has become the latest producer of high-impact polystyrene (HIPS) to join the Polystyrene Association of South Africa, which represents the entire value chain of polystyrene packaging manufacturers, collectors and recyclers. According to the association’s CE Adri... 

Danone Southern Africa joins Polystyrene Association of South Africa
Danone SA MD Hendrik Born

Shoprite to pay South African customers for reusing plastic bags

By: Reuters     23rd October 2018 Shoprite Holdings, South Africa's biggest supermarket chain, said on Tuesday it would pay customers for reusing its newly introduced recyclable bag as it joined domestic rivals in efforts to curb plastic pollution. Supermarkets have come under increased pressure to cut their use of plastic as... 

Coca-Cola says all containers to be made from recyclable materials by 2025

By: Schalk Burger     19th October 2018 Beverages multinational subsidiary Coca-Cola Southern and East Africa (CCSEA) continues to reduce the weight of its bottles and has committed to recovering the equivalent of 100% of  all its packaging by 2025, says CCSEA head of sustainability Dr Casper Durandt. These commitments are part of... 

Better recycling requires pact with consumers

By: Schalk Burger     19th October 2018 While commercial companies continue to work to reduce the impact of their products on the environment, improving the recycling of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) requires the involvement and understanding of consumers, said recycling company Mpact GM Nicholas Schild. PET recycling rates in South... 

Improved, integrated healthcare waste management policy needed – health dept

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th October 2018 A survey conducted by Department of Health found that the majority (79%) of Gauteng public healthcare facilities have a healthcare waste management policy (HCWMP) in place; however, the policy was not always integrated with the various environmental, occupational health and safety as well as... 

E-waste recycling sector still underdeveloped in South Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th October 2018 The South African electronic-waste (e-waste) recycling industry has not yet reached a point where most components are recovered for reuse, University of KwaZulu-Natal rare earth recycling technologies researcher Mark Williams-Wynn told delegates at the WasteCon 2018 exhibition on Wednesday. He... 

Informal waste pickers should be integrated into formal waste management sector, suggests analyst

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th October 2018 The informal waste economy in South Africa has been largely responsible for the high rates of post-consumer material recycling that have been achieved, GreenCape Sector Development Agency waste economy analyst Dr Kirsten Barnes noted during a presentation at WasteCon 2018, on Wednesday. Her... 

EnviroServ returning to its roots following Shongweni malodour issue

By: Simone Liedtke     16th October 2018 After acknowledging that its KwaZulu-Natal-based Shongweni landfill was a contributor to malodour, waste management company EnviroServ has returned to its “old way of disposing of waste”, which comprises using lime to raise the alkalinity (pH) levels at its landfill sites. This decision,... 

EnviroServ returning to its roots following Shongweni malodour issue
Shongweni landfill, in KwaZulu-Natal.

Used oil industry offering significant job creation potential, says foundation

By: Simone Liedtke     16th October 2018 Although still relatively young in South Africa, the economic contribution to the country through job creation in the used oil sector is looking very promising, according to a study commissioned by the Recycling Oil Saves the Environment (Rose) Foundation. A survey commissioned by the foundation... 

Vinci lays first kilometre of fully-recycled motorway

By: Reuters     10th October 2018 Road building company Eurovia and its parent Vinci have laid a kilometre of motorway using only recycled asphalt from a mobile plant, a world first that they said could help reduce the cost of motorway maintenance and cut pollution. The mobile recycling plant can be disassembled and moved along... 

Woolworths to trial plastic bag free store

By: Reuters     9th October 2018 South African department store chain Woolworths Holdings will remove single-use plastic bags from one of its stores during a six-month trial period in a bid to end plastic pollution, it said on Monday. From November, Woolworths, which also has operations in Australia and New Zealand, will not... 

Marine waste a pressing issue, but few solutions in sight

By: Dylan Slater     5th October 2018 Plastics have become the “ubiquitous workhorse material” of the modern economy, combining unrivalled functional properties with low cost, and its use has increased twenty-fold in the past half-century, according to circular economy advocacy charity The Ellen MacArthur Foundation.  

Marine waste a pressing issue, but few solutions in sight

Mars’ sustainable generation plan achieves key milestones globally, locally

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st October 2018 Mars Multisales Africa, a division of global family-owned food company Mars, has recorded progress with its global Sustainable in a Generation plan, which was launched globally last year. The plan is designed to make tangible, scientifically-based changes to the way Mars does business globally. 

Vinyl association appoints Spangenberg as new CEO

By: Schalk Burger     28th September 2018 Local product responsibility organisation the Southern African Vinyls Association (Sava), which represents the local polyvinyl chloride (PVC) industry, has appointed Polystyrene Association of South Africa CEO Adri Spangenberg as its new CEO. Spangenberg was appointed by the Sava board in June,... 

Vinyl association  appoints  Spangenberg as new CEO
ADRI SPANGENBERG The input of current and new members is welcomed to support work on Extended Producer Responsibility
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