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Recycling & Waste Management News

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.  

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
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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
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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... 

Big scrap looms over proposed new scrap export rules 

By: Terence Creamer     29th January 2016 South African scrap merchants and domestic scrap consumers are taking strongly opposing positions regarding proposed amendments to the price preference system (PPS) policy guidelines, which will govern the future exportation of ferrous and nonferrous scrap metal. The proposed changes were... 

Big scrap looms over proposed new scrap export rules

Plastics industry expects 300 delegates at conference in March

By: Bruce Montiea     29th January 2016 Industry association Plastics SA expects about 300 role-players and decision-makers to attend its Second Plastics Industry Conference, themed The Triple Bottom Line and the Plastics Industry, to be held at the Johannesburg Expo Centre, in Nasrec, on March 16.  

Ifat sets the bar as it celebrates 50 years

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th January 2016 As trade show Ifat celebrates its fiftieth anniversary, the ongoing demand for exhibition space has seen the 2016 version of the water, sewage, waste and raw materials management trade fair fully booked despite taking up all 16 halls of the Messe München Internationale Congress Center, in... 

Ifat sets the bar as it celebrates 50 years

PoPI Act also impacts on disposal of digital devices

By: Schalk Burger     22nd January 2016 The manner and rigour with which businesses destroy obsolete devices and data will become more robust to meet the exacting specifications of the Protection of Personal Information (PoPI) Act, but the requirements are best practice that will benefit South African businesses, says information... 

More plastic than fish in world's oceans by 2050, warns WEF report

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th January 2016 There is a significant need for a revolution in the plastics industrial ecosystem, as most plastic packaging is used only once, with 95% of the value of plastic packaging material lost to the economy after a short first use, a new report suggests. The report, titled ‘The New Plastics Economy:... 

More plastic than fish in world's oceans by 2050, warns WEF report

Local plastics sector shows solid growth performance

By: Dylan Slater     15th January 2016 Plastics sector representative body Plastics South Africa (SA) has predicted a positive outlook for 2016, following a solid growth performance in the past financial year.  

Local plastics sector shows solid growth performance
RECYCLING POTENTIAL The total volume of plastics recycled in the 2014/15 financial year was 20.3% of all plastics manufactured in 2014

Plastics industry propelled by recycling versatility

15th January 2016 The inherent versatility of plastics recycling, including the industry’s ability to recycle most grades and compositions of plastics, contributes strongly to plastics and synthetic fibres’ strong market acceptance, sustainable use and eco friendliness, says Cape Town-based plastics recycler the... 

Plastics industry  propelled by  recycling versatility
RECYCLING AWARENESS Polyco aims to promote separation-at-source within every municipality

Industry body donates plastic recycling bins to charity organisations

By: Dylan Slater     15th January 2016 Nonprofit polyolefin recycling company Polyco has donated 12 branded, yellow wheelie bins and 500 rolls of clear refuse bags to the Oasis Association in Claremont, Cape Town and the Breede Valley Association for Persons with Disabilities, in Worcester, as part of a social responsibility initiative.  

Industry body donates plastic  recycling bins to charity organisations
RECYCLING BINS Newly donated plastics recycling bins will assist plastics recyclers to more easily separate material into different grades for recycling

PVC body releases results of first recycling survey

15th January 2016 Local vinyls representative body the Southern African Vinyls Association (Sava) has released the results of its first-ever polyvinyl chloride (PVC) recycling survey, which details the state, scope and size of PVC recycling currently taking place in South Africa.  

PVC body releases results of first recycling survey
PVC PIPING The potential for PVC waste recycling is largely determined by the degree of contamination

Ecological intensification of agriculture must be done across value chain

By: Schalk Burger     15th January 2016 Reducing the impact of agriculture on the environment, called ecological intensification, is most effective when it involves the entire agricultural value chain, rather than just the primary producers. This was proven by the results achieved by South African macadamia processor Green Farms Nut... 

Ecological intensification of agriculture must be done across value chain
MACADAMIA NUT FACTORY Eliminating wasteful production processes and driving additional revenue streams provide positive environmental impacts

Incentives, ‘stewardship’ key to improving municipal water management

By: Schalk Burger     15th January 2016 While water conservation and demand management are not practised widely enough in South Africa, incentives can improve private-sector water management, and water-stewardship requirements can improve municipal water management, says engineering firm GIBB Integrated Infrastructure sector senior... 

Incentives, ‘stewardship’ key to improving municipal  water management
JACQUES LAUBSCHER Business and society must change from viewing water as a service to viewing it as a limited commodity worthy of careful management

Agri SA calls for help with Project Hope Grass drought relief initiative 

By: Schalk Burger     11th January 2016 Agricultural industry association Agri SA has called for assistance in meeting the response to its Project Hope Grass drought relief programme. The association has called for companies and volunteers to help it cope with the surge in calls to the project’s contact number, as well as to donate... 

Agri SA calls for help with Project Hope Grass drought relief initiative
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Project Hope Grass sought donations of clean grass trimmings that were processed into animal feed pellets

20 years on, Working for Water still making jobs, ecological impression

By: Anine Kilian     11th December 2015 The Department of Environmental Affairs’ (DEA’s) Working for Water (WfW) programme, which was launched in 1995 by former Department of Water and Forestry Minister professor Kader Asmal, celebrated 20 years of existence last month. According to a statement released by the DEA on the 20th... 

20 years on, Working for Water still making jobs, ecological impression

Green Wine Awards renew focus on sustainable winemaking

By: Bruce Montiea     13th November 2015 This year’s Nedbank Green Wine Awards, which took place last month in Stellenbosch, Western Cape, re-emphasised the industry’s imperative to produce local wine in an environment-friendly manner. With this in mind, this year’s award for Best Farming Practices – which was bestowed on Wildekrans... 

Green Wine Awards renew focus  on sustainable winemaking
BEST FARMING PRACTICES This year’s award for Best Farming Practices in the Nedbank Green Wine Awards went to Wildekrans Boutique Wine Estate, situated in the town of Botrivier, in the Western Cape

Brewing by-product put to good use

By: Bruce Montiea     13th November 2015 While most breweries dispose of any waste produced through their brewing processes by selling it to livestock farmers – or buying their own livestock to feed their waste to – Boksburg-based brewery Just Brewing Company donates its waste to a local park and petting zoo, which use it as feed for... 

Brewing by-product  put to good use
DISTILLATION PROCESS Brewing produces waste that can be reused

Programme encourages sustainable wine production

13th November 2015 The World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF) Sustainable Agriculture Programme maintains the importance of healthy, functioning ecosystems in South Africa’s farmlands, including in the production of wine and associated fruit. The programme, which sustainable banking-focused financial... 

Programme encourages sustainable wine production
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RICH PICKINGS Sustainable farming aims to build farm productivity and profitability in a way that minimises any adverse impacts on the environment

EIAs, rhino poaching biggest concerns for Green Scorpions

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th November 2015 The number of environmental crimes finalised with a verdict by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) increased by 60.6%, from 165 cases in 2013/14 to 265 cases in 2014/15, while the conviction rate increased from 87.3% to 94.7%, the National Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Report... 

EIAs, rhino poaching biggest concerns for Green Scorpions

South Africa pressing ahead with four-phase carbon-capture plan

By: Anine Kilian     6th November 2015 More than 90 per cent of South Africa’s energy consumption is derived from fossil fuels – resulting in the release of more than 400-million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) a year. While there is no doubt that increased energy production is necessary to ensure economic growth and development, South... 

South Africa pressing ahead with four-phase carbon-capture plan

Alternative technology converts waste into energy source

By: Kimberley Smuts     30th October 2015 Waste management solutions provider Interwaste – a member of the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa – is currently focusing on opportunities that allow for waste to be converted into energy. Interwaste group sales director Jason McNeil tells Engineering News that there is an ongoing... 

Alternative technology converts waste into energy source
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MUNICIPAL WASTE CONVERTED Waste management solutions provider Interwaste is currently focusing on opportunities that allow for waste to be converted into energy

Company highlights air quality management regulations and changes

By: Kimberley Smuts     30th October 2015 To ensure that it delivers its services with a focus on quality, experience and competency in an ever-changing professional and regulatory environment, environmental management company I-Cat Environmental Solutions’ environmental management division attended an environmental law update workshop,... 

Company highlights air quality management  regulations and changes
RACHELLE STOFBERG I-Cat is committed to assisting clients with their air emissions reporting

Enviro solutions company combats hazardous waste

By: Kimberley Smuts     30th October 2015 Recycling, waste and pest management company GreenSolution in September partnered with a sludge removal company to coordinate on-site sludge removal and filtration processes as part of its aim to mitigate the challenges of inefficient waste management, while trying to comply with waste disposal... 

Enviro solutions company combats hazardous waste
COMBATING HAZARDOUS WASTE GreenSolution’s on-site waste management programme ensures that waste is disposed of responsibly and in a manner that can be recorded and traced

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