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Environmental News

Johannesburg picks up the fight against waste

By: Laura Franz     27th July 2001 New brooms are sweeping clean, literally, through the streets of Johannesburg with the streamlining and optimisation of the city’s new waste management utility, known as Pikitup, being well under way. 

Rendering waste harmless – French contribution

13th July 2001 The industrialised countries are confronted by an increasing volume of residual waste that has to be stabilised before it can be stored or buried. French companies are successfully developing a complete range of stabilisation processes, from the most inexpensive to the most sophisticated –... 

National health threatened by crumbling sewerage systems

13th July 2001 Several sewerage systems in many parts of the country are reportedly falling apart owing to crumbling infrastructure and poor management, posing a worrying threat to national health, Engineering News can today report. 

Nothing goes to waste at new site

29th June 2001 A new free website could save industry millions by allowing companies to dispose of their waste. 

Plastic waste recovery could lead to R200m project

By: Irma Venter     22nd June 2001 South Africa's waste stream will soon be diminished as one of the most voluminous pollutants finally enters a recycling programme. 

SA firm wins Mauritius water contract

14th June 2001 South African company Set Point Turnkey Solutions (SPTS) is undertaking a R2,5-million contract for the water-treatment plant at La Marie in central Mauritius, part of the Marc Aux Vacoas water-supply project. 

R60-million waste management facility to be constructed

1st June 2001 Plans for a R60-million industrial and infectious waste management facility to be built in partnership with Amandla Environmental, an environmental technology company, have been announced by black-owned integrated waste management company Phambili Services. 

Dry sanitation on offer in Africa

By: System Author     9th February 2001 Local dry-sanitation company Sunsu Technologies has launched a waterless domestic toilet, which is said to be taking off in the African market. 

How old ink cartridges become corporate gifts

By: System Author     17th November 2000 Computer company Hewlett Packard South Africa has launched a programme which it hopes will eventually see all empty toner and ink-printer cartridges being recycled as opposed to being dumped on landfill sites, which are already under pressure. 

500-t/day plasma waste project studied

By: System Author     10th November 2000 Construction of South Africa’s first plasma waste converter by joint-venture partners Amandla Environmental and Phambili Services could start at the end of 2001. 

Incinerators can be ‘clean’

By: System Author     27th October 2000 While incinerators are continuously being bombarded by environmental lobbying groups and manufacturers of alternative technologies as a ‘dirty’ means of medical waste disposal, many believe that incinerators do not have to pollute the environment. 

Low-cost housing guidelines

By: System Author     27th October 2000 Government has produced a set of draft guidelines which, it believes, will sustain an environmentally-sound low-cost housing project, which the Department of Housing has identified as a strategic focus in the development of sustainable human settlements. 

Italians give us lessons on plastic

By: System Author     13th October 2000 Fasteners 

Oil-blending and recycling plants, Gauteng and Northern Province

By: System Author     13th October 2000 Amlac is planning to build a lubricating-oil blending plant and a used-oil recycling plant with a direct investment from Al-Yateem Trading & Import, of Saudi Arabia. 

100 councils now want to rail waste

By: System Author     28th July 2000 More than a hundred municipalities countrywide have expressed interest in national carrier Spoornet’s waste-by-rail concept, with a few of the projects already in the planning and implementation stages. 

New technology needed for medical waste

By: System Author     21st July 2000 Waste removal company SA Waste, of Johannesburg, is hopeful that it will obtain approval from government to launch an alternative technology for the disposal of medical waste on to the local market shortly. 

Local firm pursues plasma waste converter for SA

By: System Author     14th July 2000 An alternative solution to waste disposal and management, known as the plasma waste converter, has been launched on the South African market by local company Amandla Environmental, a subsidiary of Mauritian technology company Amandla International. 

Record 63% recovery rate

By: System Author     14th July 2000 Packaging 

SA technology cleans up Brazilian lake

By: System Author     7th July 2000 Technology originally developed in South Africa has been successfully used to clean up an artificial lake in Brazil. 

Be green or face laws that are mean

By: System Author     23rd June 2000 South African industry is increasingly being faced with the ultimatum to become green or be shut down. 

New acid regeneration

By: System Author     23rd June 2000 A new acid regeneration system for the galvanising and powder-coating industries has been developed by Eskom Industrelek. 

Plans for medical waste site under way

By: System Author     9th June 2000 Local company Waste Resources plans to establish a medical waste site in Gauteng. 

Black firm gets enviro certification

By: System Author     9th June 2000 The first black-empowerment company to be awarded ISO 14001 was engineering and electrical company ABB Karebo Manufacturers, of Gauteng. 

Government gets tough on industrial polluters

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 South African industries will have to clean up their act or face the government’s wrath, warns deputy-minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (Deat) Rejoice Mabudafhasi. 

SA losing 60% of domestic water

By: System Author     17th March 2000 South Africa is losing as much as 60% of its water intended for domestic use to wastage. 

New era in solid-waste disposal

By: System Author     10th March 2000 Municipalities are on the threshold of a new era in solid-waste disposal. 

Look of recycling in SA set to change

By: System Author     4th February 2000 Plastics, Petrochemicals & Synfibres 

Softdrink-bottle recycling drive

By: System Author     4th February 2000 Plastics, petrochemicals and synfibres 

From fibrous waste to steam generation

By: System Author     28th January 2000 A new combustion system design, which allows for the combustion of fibrous waste to generate steam, has been developed. 

New waste-transfer station commissioned

By: System Author     28th January 2000 The commissioning of the Klapmuts waste-transfer station in the Western Cape is part of the growing trend in South Africa to establish transfer facilities instead of permanent waste facilities. 

From e-mail to e-efficiency in the Cape

By: System Author     26th November 1999 An exchange of e-mails in late 1995 and early 1996 between a biologist and a chemical engineer who had never met, resulted in a project which has led to hundreds of thousands of rands of savings. 

With effort, old tyres can earn SA R300m/yr

By: System Author     19th November 1999 Recycled tyres could earn South Africa R300-million a year in exports if the South African Tyre Recycling Project starts rolling. 

SA lags world in setting waste-reduction goal

By: System Author     12th November 1999 Environmental Protection 

SA ranks fifth in beverage-can recovery

By: System Author     12th November 1999 Environmental Protection 

700% rise in industrial-waste disposal cost

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 Waste-Management and Recycling 

South African still lacks effective co-ordinated system for regulating pollution

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 Waste-Management and Recycling 

Green light for new enviro degree option

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 Waste-Management and recycling 


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