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Recycling & Waste Management News

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.  

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... 

Modular wastewater plants could help relieve municipal sewerage strain

By: Dylan Slater     15th April 2016 Portable toilet and sanitation solutions company Sanitech has implemented a portable modular wastewater treatment solution that enables quick commissioning and versatility in upscaling or downscaling, depending on requirements.  

Modular wastewater plants could help relieve municipal  sewerage strain
MODULAR PLANT Sanitech’s wastewater treatment solution can be upscaled and downscaled to requirements

City of Johannesburg hopes to end strike by Friday

By: African News Agency      7th April 2016 The City of Johannesburg on Wednesday explained why the boss at its waste-management entity, Pikitup, has was not been suspended despite a litany of charges preferred against her by the SA Municipal Workers Union (Samwu). Pikitup MD Amanda Nair, is accused of corruption by Samwu, whose members... 

City of Johannesburg hopes to end strike by Friday

Policy implementation yields green awareness

By: Victor Moolman     1st April 2016 Green building consulting company WSP ∣ Parsons Brinkerhoff, Africa (WSP) believes that green building awareness is likely to increase this year, owing to the implementation of Gauteng Vision 2055. 

Policy implementation yields green awareness
ALISON GROVES Using green building techniques can increase creativity and productivity

CSIR considers impact of EPR schemes on informal waste pickers 

By: Anine Kilian     29th March 2016 Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) waste experts have considered how informal waste pickers – individuals picking through bin bags at kerbside, recovering valuable recyclables – can be integrated into the South African waste and recycling economy, particularly when a mandatory... 

CSIR considers impact of EPR schemes on informal waste pickers

Striking Pikitup workers face disciplinary hearings

By: African News Agency      29th March 2016 Workers at City of Joburg’s waste removal agency Pikitup, who embarked on an unprotected strike, face disciplinary action, mayor Parks Tau said on Tuesday. “The workers were charged individually in relation to their conduct, and not as union members. The presiding officer will then make... 

Striking Pikitup workers face disciplinary hearings

Association sets 2020 target

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th March 2016 The Paper Recycling Association of South Africa (Prasa) aims to increase the recovery of recyclable paper products to 70% by 2020 through raising awareness about the importance of keeping paper products in a recyclable state throughout their life cycles. 

Association sets 2020 target
RECYCLING IMPERATIVE Prasa urges businesses and individuals alike to maximise opportunities for paper recycling

Plan in motion to manage carbon tax uncertainties

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th March 2016 Through education, lobbying and research, the paper industry will manage policy uncertainties regarding the inception of carbon tax, says Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) executive director Jane Molony. 

Plan in motion to manage carbon tax uncertainties

Pikitup strike looks far from over

By: African News Agency      23rd March 2016 Pikitup workers affiliated to the SA Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) laid bare the challenges between them and their employer in Johannesburg on Wednesday, vowing to continue to intensify their illegal strike that has been continuing for four weeks. More than 4 000 workers embarked on an illegal... 

Pikitup strike looks far from over

Tyre industry body to engage Treasury post ‘positive’ Budget 

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th March 2016 The South African Tyre Manufacturers Conference (SATMC) said it would now seek out constructive engagement with the National Treasury and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on a number of remaining fundamental governance issues, following the “clarity and certainty” on tyre levies provided during... 

Tyre industry body to engage Treasury post ‘positive’ Budget

Waste separation at source key to improved recovery and landfill diversion

By: Schalk Burger     4th March 2016 The greatest value is derived from recycling materials that are well sorted and uncontaminated. This requires that as much waste as possible, and as efficiently as possible, is separated early in the recycling process chain. Abstracting the highest value of recyclables before they get further... 

Waste separation at source key to improved recovery and landfill diversion

Water problems will continue – consultancy

By: Nadine James     26th February 2016 Factors, such as climate change and dam sedimentation, as well as a skills shortage in local government, water boards and water utilities, will continue to impact on water security after the drought ends, says civil engineer and consultant for engineering services firm WSP∣Parsons Brinkerhoff... 

Water problems will continue – consultancy
PURIFIED? Consultant says that half of all the water treatment facilities are underperforming

Waste group launches SA’s first refuse-derived-fuel plant 

By: David Oliveira     19th February 2016 Local waste management business Interwaste launched South Africa’s first refuse-derived fuel (RDF) plant earlier this month, which created fuel from nonrecyclable materials, such as plastic, thereby reducing waste to landfill. “In line with global best practice, Interwaste continually invests in... 

Waste group launches SA’s first refuse-derived-fuel plant
Local waste management company launches alternative fuel plant

Local waste management company launches alternative fuel plant 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th February 2016 Local waste management business Interwaste launched South Africa’s first refuse derived fuel plant earlier this month, which aims to divert waste from landfill by creating fuel from non-recyclable materials such as plastic. 

Local waste management company launches alternative fuel plant
Local waste management company launches alternative fuel plant

Partnership expects 2017 launch of rubber-related testing institute

By: Kimberley Smuts     12th February 2016 Following the launch of the Centre for Rubber Science and Technology (CRST) at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in November, waste management organisation the  Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (Redisa) has partnered with NMMU to establish the Product... 

Partnership expects 2017 launch of rubber-related testing institute
Photo by Bloomberg
MITIGATING WASTE TYRE CHALLENGE Redisa has implemented various tactics to encourage the tyre recycling industry to alleviate the problem of waste tyres and ultimately create job opportunities

Call for government to incentivise renewable energy production

By: Nadine James     5th February 2016 The introduction of support programmes for both the commercial, and household or rural level, will boost growth in the biogas industry, which will subsequently assist with the increase of renewable-energy supply, waste management, job creation, skills transfer and carbon mitigation, says Southern... 

Call for government  to incentivise renewable energy production
Photo by Bloomberg
ALL GASSED UP BMW's Rosslyn plant in Gauteng is one of ten commercial biogas operations in South Africa

Policy adherence key in avoiding negative economic impact

5th February 2016 The failure to adhere  to the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act’s obligation for employees to maintain safe environments without health risks may result in devastating economic and human costs, says the Department of Labour (DoL). To address this issue, DoL hosted a seminar on Hazardous... 

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