http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 14.17Change: 0.03
R/$ = 11.07Change: 0.01
Au 1238.28 $/ozChange: -4.47
Pt 1258.00 $/ozChange: 3.00
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Mar 09, 2012

Use, recycling of polystyrene packaging increases in food industry

Back
Africa|Environment|Packaging|Safety|Africa|South Africa|Energy|Food Industry|Food-contact Packaging|Packaging|Products|Transport|Adri Spangenberg
Africa|Environment|Packaging|Safety|Africa||Energy|Packaging|Products|Transport|
africa-company|environment|packaging-company|safety|africa|south-africa|energy|food-industry|food-contact-packaging|packaging|products|transport-industry-term|adri-spangenberg
© Reuse this



The use and recycling of polystyrene in the food industry has increased over the past few years through the various awareness initiatives created by industry organisation the Polystyrene Packaging Council (PSPC) of South Africa.

“Polystyrene has become the preferred packaging material in the food industry. It has become a cost-effective and environment-friendly alternative to other packaging materials,” says PSPC director Adri Spangenberg.

She notes that the increased use of polystyrene in the food industry can be attributed to the advantages it offers.

The safety benefits of polystyrene have been tested by the US Food and Drug Administration, which regulates the safety of food-contact packaging and has approved the use of polystyrene since 1958.

“With the high health and regulation standards that the food industry has to adhere to, tests have shown that using polystyrene prevents the spread of diseases.

“Further, polystyrene protects the con- tents and maintains a high strength and shape, even if it is being used to present foodstuffs.”

Meanwhile, polystyrene is cheaper than many other alternative packaging materials. These products can also be recycled up to ten times.

Polystyrene materials can be reprocessed and moulded into new packaging products.

Recycling polystyrene represents an emerging market, says the PSPC. A num- ber of municipalities are instituting effec- tive programmes to reclaim this valuable resource, says Spangenberg.

The PSPC is also setting up recycling programmes across South Africa.

The organisation is collabo- rating with municipalities in various areas to teach children about the advantages of using and recycling polystyrene. “This is done through school recycling competitions and the distribution of recycling bins,” she says.

Meanwhile, the PSPC says polystyrene has a low carbon footprint because it is lightweight. Polystyrene does not take a lot of energy to manu- facture, is easy to transport and less material needs to be recycled, as it mostly com- prises air.

Two types of polystyrene are used in the food industry. Expanded polystyrene is used to make cups, bowls, plates and egg cartons, as well as pack- aging for take-away foods.

The other is high-impact polystyrene, which is used for making cutlery, yoghurt and cottage cheese containers, clear salad containers and clear plastic cups.

Edited by: Chanel de Bruyn
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Food and Beverages News
South African brewer SABMiller is scaling up its sustainable development programmes with a set of ambitious new targets to be achieved by 2020. The new programme, branded Prosper, is the latest evolution in the company’s approach to sustainable development, which is...
The Good Food & Wine Show, which took place at the Coca-Cola Dome from July 31 to August 3, hosted a giant life-sized rhino cake set out to make a stand for the endangered rhino and raise money to support the cause. The cake was made and donated by Cake-Extreme...
DC Auto-Motion is the authorised distributor of Japanese linear and motion control mechanical components manufacturer THK Co. Ltd in South Africa as well as the entire Africa. It also offers THK’s premium Linear Motion (LM) guides, recognised as the world’s most...
More
 
 
Latest News
Updated 48 minutes ago Trade union Solidarity warned on Wednesday that ongoing restructuring and retrenchments in the information and communication technology (ICT) industry continued to put employees in the sector under “immense” pressure. This as the union claimed it had received...
Updated 1 hour 1 minute ago Directors of investment holding company Combined Motor Holdings (CMH) say they are satisfied with the results achieved in the six months ended August 31, during which time the local economic environment continued to battle impediments to growth and national dealer...
Updated 1 hour 20 minutes ago In the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene has outlined concrete plans to consolidate South Africa’s pubic finances and restore macroeconomic balances. The proposed adjustments – lower than planned spending and increased tax revenues -...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Defence 2014: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Defence 2014 report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key participants in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial multibillion-rand...
Road and Rail 2014: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure (PDF report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2014 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and the push to move road...
Real Economy Year Book 2014 (PDF Report)
This edition drills down into the performance and outlook for a variety of sectors, including automotive, construction, electricity, transport, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum.
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the automotive industry over the past 12 months, including an overview of South Africa’s automotive market, trade figures, production and the policies influencing the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Construction 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the construction industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the sector and includes details of employment in the sector, infrastructure and municipal spending, as well as insight into companies’...
Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the electricity industry over the past 12 months, including details of State-owned power utility Eskom’s generation activities, funding and tariffs, independent power producers and prospects for the sector.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
The broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) alignment process in the con-struction sector has begun, dur-ing which the sector codes of the Construction Sector Charter Council (CSCC) will be aligned with the revised Codes of Good Practice (CoGP), which come...
It is second time lucky for Toby Venter. Ten years ago he negotiated to buy the Kyalami racetrack, but “the deal did not materialise”.
Environmental solutions company I-Cat started construction work on its R22-million, 1 949 m2 environmentally sustainable office and warehouse facility, commissioned by I-CAT Environmental Solutions, at a launch event in October. The new sustainable I-CAT campus,...
IAN EVANS AirWatch file synchronisation and sharing system was initially designed for a large airline company
Effective file synchronisation and sharing across an organisation’s structures can provide the basis for robust mobile-device and document management while maintaining proper backup, version control and content distribution. These are the lessons learned by complex...
Hotel group Carlson Rezidor currently holds the largest hotel pipeline in Africa with 30 hotels and 6 300 rooms under development. The hotel group develops and operates Radisson Blu in the upper upscale segment and Park Inn by Radisson in the mid-market segment. With...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks