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Waste Management and Recycling

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... 

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

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

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

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... 

More than 65 waste sites set up nationally

By: Mia Breytenbach     10th July 2015 Since the local launch of its GreenSolution – an innovative waste management solution – in April/May 2014, specific commercial and industrial solutions specialist Pandae has established more than 65 waste management sites at automotive and logistics companies across South Africa. “Pandae aims to... 

More than 65 waste sites set up nationally
MANAGEMENT COMPLIANCE Pandae’s GreenSolution assists companies in complying with the new waste disposal laws and government regulations

Polyolefin recycling goal aims to achieve industry waste management plan target

     10th July 2015 The South African Polyolefin Recycling Company (Polyco) has set a goal of growing polyolefin recycling in South Africa by 300 000 t over the next five years to achieve the Industry Waste Management Plan target for plastic of 35%, or 238 000 t, by 2020. “Although an ambitious target, we believe it... 

Polyolefin recycling goal aims to achieve industry waste management plan target
SET TARGETS Since 2013 Polyco has funded projects worth R17-million in the recycling value chain, which will unlock new volumes of 48 000 t over the next three years

Waste classification, management regulations slowly being implemented

By: Mia Breytenbach     10th July 2015 While amendments to the National Environmental Waste Management Act include the Waste Classification and Management Regulations (WCMR), environmental consultancy GreenGain Consulting believes that various companies have not yet amended their management procedures to ensure that WCMR obligations... 

Waste classification,  management regulations slowly being implemented
Photo by Bloomberg
REGULATORY SPECIFICATIONS The Waste Classification and Management Regulations stipulate management obligations for waste classification, storage, transportation and disposal

Waste management specialist commissions refuse-derived fuels facility

By: Mia Breytenbach     10th July 2015 Local waste management and environmental services provider Interwaste is in the process of commissioning of a refuse-derived fuels (RDF) facility at its operational hub based in Germiston, Gauteng. Final commissioning will take place in the third quarter of this year. “The facility puts general... 

Waste management  specialist commissions  refuse-derived fuels facility
VIABLE TECHNOLOGY The refuse-derived fuels facility shreds general industrial and municipal waste to particle sizes of less than 20 mm to be used as an alternative energy source

Waste management plan meets targets, focuses on secondary resources

By: Mia Breytenbach     10th July 2015 The Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa’s (Redisa’s) Integrated Industry Waste Tyre Management Plan is “excelling beyond expectations”, having already met the Department of Environmental Affairs’ waste tyre diversion target of 50% for the year, states Redisa director... 

Waste management plan meets targets, focuses on secondary resources
AIMING HIGH Redisa aims to exceed its target of creating 2 521 jobs this year, as 91% of that target was reached by the end of May

Waste management pricing, incentives require debate, says law firm

By: Mia Breytenbach     10th July 2015 The possible effects of government’s National Pricing Strategy for Waste Management on South African business should be publicly debated, as it could impact on companies’ business management, including smaller companies that might not be able to adjust their businesses to combat the strategy’s... 

Waste management pricing, incentives require debate, says law firm
Photo by Bloomberg
SPARKING CHANGE The proposed waste management amendments aim to bring about a change in the industry's behaviour to recycle, reuse or recover waste

Company-sponsored guide available  

By: Jonathan Rodin     11th July 2014 Banking group Nedbank sustainability carbon specialist Dr Marco Lotz announced that the Carbon Footprinting Guide was available for download free of charge at South Africa’s official organisation for promoting glass recycling, The Glass Recycling Company’s inaugural Green Dialogues conference at... 

Company-sponsored  guide available
Nedbank sustainability carbon specialist Marco Lotz discusses Carbon Footprinting Guide.

Campaign aims to eliminate plastic waste through sustainability

By: Jonathan Rodin     11th July 2014 Local plastics industry umbrella body Plastics SA announced last month that it had set a new sustainability goal – the Zero plastics to landfill by 2030 campaign – which will greatly influence the plastic industry’s strategic direction over the next 16 years, says company executive director Anton... 

Campaign aims to eliminate plastic waste through sustainability
ANTON HANEKOM Organisations are working towards a vision of eliminating all plastic waste from the country’s landfill sites by 2030

Company installs granulators to assist in waste management

     11th July 2014 The Polystyrene Packaging Council (PSPC) announced on June 14 that it has developed a network that facilitates the online ordering and selling of polystyrene beads on the association’s website.   PSPC has partnered with protective polystyrene casings supplier Isowall to install a  Drotsky M16... 

R10m invested to tackle recycling industry challenges

By: Jonathan Rodin     11th July 2014 Not-for-profit industry body the Polyolefin Recycling Company (Polyco) aims to invest R10-million in support projects this year to address current areas of constraint in the recycling industry. Five categories of support projects have been identified, for which funding will be made available,... 

Waste management facility wins award

By: Jonathan Rodin     11th July 2014 Engineering and environmental consultancy Jeffares & Green (J&G), were the lead consultants for the eThekwini municipality’s Electron Road Waste Management Facility, which won first prize for technical excellence at the South African Institution of Civil Engineering Durban Branch Awards 2014,... 

Waste tyre project effective

By: Jonathan Rodin     11th July 2014 The Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (Redisa) reports that its waste tyre project – which has been operational for a year – has remediated 26 388 t of tyres, created 683 jobs and registered 1 641 tyre dealers. In addition Redisa is servicing 833 collection points.... 

Environment-friendly brick-making plant commissioned

By: Chantelle Kotze     5th July 2013 Environment-friendly concrete brick manufacturer Cape Brick, in March upgraded its existing mixing plant at its manufacturing plant in Philippi, in the Western Cape, to a 1 500-ℓ-capacity mixing plant to manufacture concrete bricks comprising 70% recycled crushed aggregates (RCAs). 

Financial administration ensures improved landfill site operation

By: Chantelle Kotze     5th July 2013 The uptake of specialised financial services by municipalities involved in waste management can improve revenue collection and the efficiency of landfill sites, says multidisciplinary engineering firm BVi Consulting Engineers. 

Government and industry focus on better waste management and job creation

By: Chantelle Kotze     5th July 2013 South Africa needs to implement better waste management practices and focus on growing its green economy through improved waste management, says Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) VP Dr Suzan Oelofse. 

Government and  industry focus on better waste management  and job creation
ECONOMIC GROWTH POTENTIALConsidering the country needs sustainable economic growth, job creation and social upliftment, growing South Africa’s green economy through waste management, makes sense

Industries await outcome of plan

By: Chantelle Kotze     5th July 2013 For the paper and packaging industries to increase their recycling rates, the draft Industry Waste Management Plan, delivered to the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) in August 2011 by the Packaging Council of South Africa (Pacsa), needs to be approved by government. 

Beverage giant focuses on waste management, recycling

By: Gia Costella     24th August 2012 Beverage giant Coca-Cola South Africa (CCSA) no longer wants its packaging to be seen as waste, but rather as a valuable resource that can be reused in the future, CCSA senior technical operations manager and chairperson of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling company Petco Casper Durandt... 

Construction on new Durban waste transfer system under way

     24th August 2012 The eThekwini municipality’s cleansing and solid waste unit, Durban Solid Waste (DSW), is building a R140-million 1 200 t/d waste transfer station to serve the Durban area. This new waste management facility will provide a modern and mechanised means of transferring municipal general solid wastes... 

Institute president sees positive future for waste management in SA

By: Gia Costella     24th August 2012 Newly appointed president of the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA), Deidre Nxumalo-Freeman, is positive about the current state and the future of the waste management industry in South Africa. Nxumalo-Freeman, who was previously IWMSA VP, was appointed president on July 1. 

Polystyrene packaging council established in Zimbabwe

By: Gia Costella     24th August 2012 The Polystyrene Packaging Council (PSPC) of South Africa was invited in April by polystyrene manufacturer Versapak, in Harare, to assist in establishing a similar industry body – the PSPC of Zimbabwe – to oversee the recycling of polystyrene in that country. PSPC director Adri Spangenberg says... 

SA making waste management strides

By: Gia Costella     24th August 2012 Waste management procedures and legislation in South Africa are among the best in Africa, but the industry is still faced with some significant challenges, says consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting. “South Africa, in my opinion, leads the way in waste management in Africa. It has... 

Tyre manufacturer succeeds in no waste to landfill goal

By: Gia Costella     24th August 2012 Tyre manufacturer Goodyear’s upgraded waste yard, which was officially commissioned in July last year, has enabled the company to recycle 98% of its waste and maintain its zero-waste-to-landfill policy, which it has been executing since 2008. The new yard, which is situated at the company’s... 

Company launches equipment to aid in tyre recycling

By: Dimakatso Motau     19th August 2011 Tiputone, a company that focuses on reducing tyre waste and creating employment, will deliver the first of several of its patented tyre cutter machines to global miner Kumba Iron Ore’s Sishen mine, in the Northern Cape, in August. 

Consultancy urges exploration of new waste treatment methods

     19th August 2011 Ground engineering and environmental consultancy group Golder Associates says waste management in South Africa, as in most developing countries, is heavily reliant on landfilling, with alternative waste treatment technologies, including recycling, anaerobic digestion, mechanical biologic... 

Informal waste pickers contribute to waste management

By: Dimakatso Motau     19th August 2011 The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) highlights the significant role waste pickers play in the waste management industry. 

New system aimed at reducing waste destined for landfill

By: Dimakatso Motau     19th August 2011 Waste management company Interwaste Holdings has introduced a new waste management bin, the eeZeeBin, aimed at the commercial, industrial, retail and residential sectors, in July. 

New waste management plan to deliver efficient recycling

By: Dimakatso Motau     19th August 2011 The Packaging Council of Southern Africa (Pacsa) is finalising the packaging and paper industry’s Industry Waste Management Plan to efficiently manage workable waste management solutions. 

PET plastic recycling awareness projects under way

     19th August 2011 PET plastic recycling company (Petco) isl, between July and December this year, undertaking a new marketing campaign to emphasise the true value of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles, says CEO Cheri Scholtz. 

Property company encourages waste management 

By: Dimakatso Motau     19th August 2011 JSE-listed Growthpoint Properties is encouraging the adoption of waste management practises and initiatives by its staff, tenants and contractors to enable it to contribute to a cleaner environment. 

Company extends its expertise to waste-to-energy sector

     20th August 2010 As the waste-to-energy sector becomes an effective and important tool to tackle the negative effect of waste disposal on the environment worldwide, while also providing the benefits of heat and electricity, national consulting engineer Bosch Projects has extended its areas of expertise into this... 

Hooklift trucks supplied for waste handling

By: Tracy Hancock     20th August 2010 Heavy equipment manufacturers Bell Equipent reports that it will be supplying its hooklift trucks to the City of Cape Town for use on the municipality’s dump sites. Two of the five hooklift trucks, were delivered in mid-August, while the remaining three are scheduled for delivery in September. 

Law could place strain on municipal waste-management services

By: Tracy Hancock     20th August 2010 A significant challenge for waste management in South Africa is the failure of municipalities to carry out effective waste management practices because of a lack of resources; and new legislation is expected to further complicate the issue, reports Institute of Waste Management of South Africa... 

Mobile crusher 
helps to improve glass recycling

     20th August 2010 About 550 000 t of glass waste finds its way into South African landfills every year, while only 200 000 t of all glass containers are retrieved for recycling, reports nonprofit organisation Glass Recycling Company.

“Glass is a 100% infinitely recyclable product, and the production of new glass... 

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