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Recycling & Waste Management News

DEA calls on three sectors to prepare waste management plans

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th August 2016 Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa on Thursday published a notice to the paper and packaging, the electrical and electronic equipment and the lighting industries to prepare and submit waste management plans for approval under the National Environmental Management Waste Act. The... 

Dust suppression system in high demand

By: Kimberley Smuts     12th August 2016 Since the launch of environmental management company I-CAT Environmental Solutions’ retractable stockpile dust ring (R-SDR) system last year, market demand has increased greatly, says I-CAT technical manager Morne van Wyk. This demand can be attributed to the R-SDR system having eliminated the... 

Remediation of waste tyres reduces carbon emissions

By: Kimberley Smuts     12th August 2016 The Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (Redisa) has adopted several tactics to remediate waste tyres and, ultimately, reduce carbon emissions. This includes processing waste tyres using pyrolysis, crumbing and controlled burning in cement kilns. From January last year... 

Sustainable concrete structures actively reduce energy consumption

By: Kimberley Smuts     12th August 2016 Being active in reducing energy consumption, The Concrete Institute (TCI) notes that concrete is a cost-effective material with low embodied energy and is, therefore, important in contributing to the sustainability of South Africa’s infrastructure. Embodied energy is the energy consumed by all of... 

Sustainable concrete structures actively reduce energy consumption
AIR-BORNE TOXINS DISMISSED Use of titanium dioxide in the surface of concrete results in the conversion of harmful compounds when exposed to ultra-violet light

Nontransparent development plans leave Free State community in lurch

By: Dylan Slater     12th August 2016 Relocated families and local residents of farms bordering State-owned power utility Eskom’s newly constructed Ingula hydroelectric power scheme have been left in the dark about how the power utility plans to develop the area.  

‘Clear Rivers’ campaign reaches 50-rivers milestone

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th August 2016 The ‘Clear Rivers’ campaign, an initiative of the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) and its partners, has managed to clear more than 50 rivers of pollution to date, the department reports. The campaign, the umbrella initiative for all clean-ups across South Africa, was established by the... 

‘Clear Rivers’ campaign reaches 50-rivers milestone
CLEANING INITIATIVE Teams cleaned sections of the Jukskei river bank and removed solid waste from the rivers

Wastewater treatment necessary to grow the economy

By: Nadine James     29th July 2016 Consistent and sustainable water supply is necessary to ensure socioeconomic growth; therefore, wastewater treatment, as a comparatively cost-effective solution that reduces strain on available water supply, is vital to economic growth in water-stressed countries, says waste management company... 

Wastewater treatment necessary to grow  the economy
UNDERCOVER OPERATION The underground biological wastewater treatment plant should remain operational for up to 25 years

Rosebank office awarded top green rating

By: Dylan Slater     22nd July 2016 Green-focused architecture consultancy Solid Green Consulting’s Rosebank offices were recently awarded 6-Star Green Star South Africa Interiors v1 certification for the incorporation of ecofriendly aspects into their offices.  

Rosebank office awarded top green rating
GREEN CERTIFICATION Solid Green Consulting’s new Rosebank office has 6-Star Green Star South Africa Interiors v1 certification

Good-quality waste necessary for increased mechanical recycling

By: Simon Sonnekus     8th July 2016 The South African plastic industry requires a constant stream of clean, high-quality plastic waste to maintain and increase the level of mechanical recycling in South Africa. While there has been concern over the past few years that the amount of waste exported is increasing, findings from the... 

Good-quality waste necessary for increased mechanical recycling
EXPORTS While exporting recyclable plastic material does bring in foreign exchange, the export of good-quality waste impacts South African recycling operations

Sustainable disposal methods to be investigated

8th July 2016 The rise in waste generated by South Africa has led to the need for responsible and environment-friendly disposal methods. According to local waste management business Interwaste sales and marketing director Jason McNeil the default method of disposal for many years has been directing this waste... 

Sustainable disposal  methods to be investigated
Photo by Duane Daws
Caption: WASTE DISPOSAL Companies are being driven to innovate by changing methods of disposal

WasteCon 2016 to highlight local waste legislation

By: Simon Sonnekus     8th July 2016 The changing face of waste management in South Africa will be the main theme of the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa’s (IWMSA’s) biennial waste management conference and exhibition WasteCon 2016, which will take place from October 17 to 21 at Emperors Palace, in Gauteng. WasteCon... 

Separation at source to improve recycling standard

By: Simon Sonnekus     8th July 2016 Nonprofit polyolefin recycling company Polyco is focussing renewed attention on building strong value-chain partnerships with recyclers, converters and brand owners by providing funding support for projects that will facilitate the move into high-quality critical market applications. To support... 

Separation at source to improve recycling standard
INVESTMENT An additional R150-million investment in project funding is needed over the next four years to enable Polyco to achieve the recycling target of 234 000 t, or 35%, recycled polyolefin by 2020

Locally developed low-water brickmaking machine uses industrial waste 

By: Schalk Burger     8th July 2016 Local mechanical and chemical engineer Professor Mulalo Doyoyo has developed a low-water brickmaking machine, acid-resistant bricks and chemical-resistant paints that consume industrial waste. The brickmaking machine is adaptable to local conditions and uses vibration compaction to compress the... 

Locally developed low-water brickmaking machine  uses industrial waste
ECOCAST BRICK MACHINE The low-water brickmaking machine is adaptable to local materials and can use fly ash to produce bricks

Sustainable roof tile set to revolutionise market 

By: Simon Sonnekus     8th July 2016 Pretoria-based start-up company Thevia has introduced a sustainably manufactured roof tile that should “revolutionise” the roof tile market owing to its unique design, says Thevia FD Martin Ackermann. The tiles, each weighing 1.3 kg are 70% lighter than traditional concrete, slate or clay tiles,... 

Sustainable roof tile set  to revolutionise market
BILL BOWMAN Thevia can currently produce about 20 000 tiles a month on an experimental line at the pilot plant

SA requires game-changing technologies to tackle sanitation, water gaps

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st July 2016 With the gap between supply and demand for water expected to reach 17% by 2030, South Africans will be required to radically change their attitudes towards water use and conservation, particularly in treating of human waste, states the Strategic Water Partners Network South Africa (SWPN).... 

SA requires game-changing technologies to tackle sanitation, water gaps
Photo by Duane Daws
CAPITAL RESOURCE Sanitation comprises about 60% of the capital costs of water services, with between 30% and 40% of water used flushing

Company affirms commitment to sustainability in Africa

By: Dylan Slater     10th June 2016 Executives from chemicals, materials, agrosciences and plastics company Dow reassured African clients that the company’s commitment to servicing the continent will remain and grow sustainably, as flexible plastic packaging can play an important role in spurring economic development and supporting... 

Company affirms commitment to sustainability in Africa
CONSISTENCY Dow aims to ensure that the quality of goods received by the end-customer is consistent

Mpact Polymers new R350m PET recycling plant to ease burden of plastic waste 

8th June 2016 Paper and plastics packaging business Mpact has unveiled a new R350-million PET recycling operation in Wadeville aimed at reducing the impact of plastic waste in South Africa.  

Mpact Polymers new R350m PET recycling plant to ease burden of plastic waste
Mpact Polymers new R350m PET recycling plant to ease burden of plastic waste

Glass recycling adds overall value increase

By: Sascha Solomons     3rd June 2016 Extending the focus of glass recycling adds value to consumers, communities, the industry and corporate South Africa, asserts glass recycling organisation The Glass Recycling Company (TGRC). “Glass is still one of the most preferred packaging forms amongst brand owners, especially among the more... 

Waste sector generates jobs in the green economy – Molewa

By: African News Agency      1st June 2016 Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa on Tuesday encouraged entrepreneurs to look to the R25 billion waste sector for business opportunities in the recycling economy. Speaking at the second annual Waste Management Summit in Umhlanga, Molewa said that the waste sector had been identified... 

Waste sector generates jobs in the green economy – Molewa

Rainwater harvesting key for drought-stricken SA

By: Simon Sonnekus     27th May 2016 Owing to constant water supply not being guaranteed, aggravated by the prolonged drought, South Africans have become more proactive in saving water by creating emergency back-up systems and systems that can collect rainwater, says water systems provider Sinvac Plastics, which is based in Pretoria... 

Rainwater harvesting key for drought-stricken SA
ROTOMOULDED TANKS Sinvac has been supplying the South African market since 1962 with rotomoulded products such as water tank

Calls to reuse water treatment waste take centre stage at WISA 2016

By: Simon Sonnekus     27th May 2016 While the cost-effective and environmentally compliant disposal of water treatment residue (WTR) is a challenge for water treatment practitioners worldwide, WTR management has taken centre stage in the local water industry amid increasing water demands, deteriorating raw water quality aggravated... 

Calls to reuse water  treatment waste take  centre stage at WISA 2016
MEGAN SCHALKWYK Findings suggest that there has to be a change in mind-set across the water industry value chain, with stakeholders treating WTR as a reusable commodity rather than waste

New submersible motor pumps launched

27th May 2016 German pump and valves producer KSB has broadened its local series of pumps with the introduction of the Amarex KRT submersible motor pumps range for handling municipal and industrial waste water in a cost effective manner. The company notes that KSB engineers have further improved on the... 

New submersible motor pumps launched
KSB engineers have further improved on the operating reliability and hydraulic efficiency of previous pumps

Water and sanitation priority at WISA 2016

By: Simon Sonnekus     27th May 2016 African cities are developing rapidly and existing water management systems cannot keep up, leading to a projected quadrupling in demand for water over the next 25 years, said ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability - Africa professional officer Tarryn Quayle during the Water Institute of... 

Water and sanitation  priority at WISA 2016
WATER SHORTAGE ICLEI cited figures which suggested 565-million people are still using unimproved sanitation and 330-million using unimproved drinking water in sub-Saharan Africa.

Global companies start to influence consumers

By: Kim Cloete     16th May 2016 In the wake of mounting climate change, a global conference on sustainable brands has shown how some companies are starting to innovate and redesign manufacturing, products and services to be more in tune with sustainable practices. “Brands, large and small, are showing the way, with some... 

Global companies start to influence consumers

Leakage system provides solutions in Johannesburg

By: Simon Sonnekus     13th May 2016 Water-leak detection and control systems provider AquaTrip South Africa has reasserted its focus on conserving water with the installation of its electronic valve, which monitors water flow at schools across Johannesburg. The Brisbane-based company has a regional office in Stellenbosch, in the... 

Leakage system provides solutions in Johannesburg
LEAKY SCHOOLS Twenty schools, among which leakage was common, were identified as high water users and AquaTrip’s AT201 leak-detection system was installed on their main water lines

Bioremediation at North End lake shows promising results

By: David Oliveira     13th May 2016 Water-quality test results following the organic clean-up of the North End lake in Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape, were positive in various critical parameters, suggesting a significant drop in pollution levels, which made the lake unsuitable for swimming events in the past. According to... 

Green building recognition for engineering firm’s Cape Town building

By: Dylan Slater     6th May 2016 Engineering consultancy Aurecon has been awarded a 5-Star Green Star South Africa (SA) Office v1 Design rating by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) for the company’s second office building in Century City, Cape Town.  

Green building recognition for engineering  firm’s Cape Town building
GREEN BUILDING The Aurecon West building is a 5-star Green Star South Africa-rated building

Plans to integrate waste pickers into municipalities – Molewa

By: News24Wire      4th May 2016 The Department of Environmental Affairs is planning to integrate South Africa's waste pickers into the country's municipal waste management programme, Minister Edna Molewa said in Parliament on Tuesday. The country has about 62 147 registered waste pickers who remove recyclable material from... 

Plans to integrate waste pickers into municipalities – Molewa

Ekurhuleni budget maintains ‘pro-poor' stance

By: Samantha Herbst     28th April 2016 In an attempt to maintain a pro-poor stance on public spending aimed at improving social development, the City of Ekurhuleni will inject R3.5-billion of its 2016 budget for into its community empowerment package, Mintirho Ya Vula Vula. Tabling the budget vote for the city on Thursday, mayoral... 

Ekurhuleni budget maintains ‘pro-poor' stance

New facility increases Mathe Group’s tyre processing capacity

28th April 2016 Waste tyre recycling company Mathe Group’s investment in a new multimillion-rand tyre processing facility in Hammarsdale, in KwaZulu-Natal, is expected to increase the company’s processing capacity to about 150 000 tyres a year to produce about 7 000 t/y of rubber crumb or granulate. Mathe Group... 

New facility increases Mathe Group’s tyre processing capacity

CSIR successfully purifies sewage using algae 

By: Victor Moolman     22nd April 2016 The algae treatment project implemented by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) during the course of 2015 in the town of Motetema, in the Elias Motsoaledi municipality is fully operational. 

CSIR successfully purifies sewage using algae
PONDS The algae treatment system uses the existing ponds

Probiotic composting system recognised in environmental awards

By: Dylan Slater     22nd April 2016 Manufacturer of sustainable probiotic-based products Probio’s Bokashi Composter system will receive recognition at the yearly Eco-Logic Awards for its ability to reduce greenhouse gases.  

Côte d’Ivoire e-waste drive helps stimulate recycling debate

By: Schalk Burger     22nd April 2016 Information and communication technology multinational Ericsson’s four-month-long e-waste recycling drive in Côte d’Ivoire, in West Africa, has established a long-term dialogue about recycling and e-waste recycling in the country and region. The e-waste recycling initiative in partnership with... 

IFAT highlights sewage treatment technology

22nd April 2016 Owing to economic necessities and new legal regulations dictating the course in the international water and sewage industry, trade fair for water, sewage, waste and raw materials management IFAT – taking place from May 30 to June 3 in Munich, Germany – will showcase how the environmental... 

IFAT highlights sewage treatment technology
IFAT TRADE FAIR The water sector at IFAT will show how the industry is responding to water and sewage crises around the world

Excessive water restrictions impact on sewage treatment systems

By: Victor Moolman     22nd April 2016 Extreme and prolonged water restrictions could have a negative impact on the sewage treatment system if it is not managed properly says the Water Research Commission (WRC). 

Excessive water  restrictions impact on sewage treatment systems
TREATMENT PLANT The impact of a draught on the sewerage system is still being researched

Pikitup: MD Amanda Nair goes on 'special leave'

By: African News Agency      15th April 2016 Pikitup on Friday confirmed that its controversial MD Amanda Nair had gone on “special leave” this week, but denied her absence from work had anything to do with allegations of wrongdoing levelled against her by SA Municipal Workers Union (Samwu). Although Nair has in the past been cleared by the... 

Pikitup: MD Amanda Nair goes on 'special leave'

Most nuclear waste is not highly radioactive

By: Keith Campbell     15th April 2016 Only a tiny minority of nuclear waste contains the vast majority of radiation produced by such waste. “No less than 96% of the radioactivity comes from just 0.2% of the waste volume,” highlights Arint SA MD François Mellet. Nuclear waste is generally divided into low level waste, intermediate... 

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