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Subsidising costs for solar panel recycling will offset high costs in industry
3rd July 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Government and producer responsibility organisations could support the solar industry by subsidising the cost of recycling the PV panels and helping to establish recyclers. In this way, the... 


Bales of PET bottles for recycling
Petco achieves 60% post-consumer PET recycling rate in 2023
26th June 2024 By: Darren Parker

Newly released audited data has shown that South Africa’s longest-standing producer responsibility organisation (PRO) Petco achieved a 64% collection and 60% recycling rate for polyethylene... 


Already green V&A Waterfront eyes starting up desalination plant, building second seawater cooling plant
21st June 2024 By: Irma Venter

Since embarking on its sustainability journey in 2008, the V&A Waterfront (V&A) in Cape Town has reduced its energy use by 40%, with 2 MW of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels generating 1 640 000 kWh... 


Companies collaborate to enhance solar PV compliance, recycling practices
19th June 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

In a bid to champion extended producer responsibility compliance and solar PV recycling practices, producer responsibility organisation (PRO) Circular Energy has embarked on a strategic partnership... 


Circular economy gaining traction in Africa, but still layered onto linear economies
7th June 2024 By: Schalk Burger

There are various local, regional and international initiatives that are assessing and driving circular economy practices in Africa, but the transformation of existing linear economies remains... 


Circular Energy partners with Hirsch's Homestores to promote responsible appliance disposal
7th June 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Not-for-profit Producer Responsibility Organisation (PRO) Circular Energy has partnered with independently owned appliance and electronics outlet Hirsch’s Homestores, to assist customers in... 


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Already green V&A Waterfront eyes starting up desalination plant; building second seawater cooling plant
6th June 2024 By: Irma Venter

Since starting its sustainability journey in 2008, the V&A Waterfront (V&A) in Cape Town has reduced its energy use by 40%, with 2 MW of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels generating 1 640 000 kWh of... 


Cape Town’s Copperheads recover 1.7 t of stolen metal
31st May 2024 By: Irma Venter

The City of Cape Town (CoCT) says it has recovered more than 1.7 t of stolen metal in the nine months between July last year and March this year. This effort was led by the city’s Metals Theft... 


An image showing Re-Purpose's reverse collection model
ALPLA, Re-Purpose partner to strengthen plastics cycle in South Africa
27th May 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Plastic packaging manufacturer and recycler the ALPLA Group and waste repurposing company Re-Purpose have announced a strategic partnership that is expected to advance sustainable packaging... 


Petco recycling bins
Tshwane’s first separation-at-source project in a public space signals success
17th May 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

A separation-at-source recycling campaign, called S@S, at Tshwane’s public Fountains Valley Resort – a collaboration between the City of Tshwane and producer responsibility organisation Petco – is... 


Cape Town targeting this year as starting date for turning landfill waste into power
17th May 2024 By: Irma Venter

The City of Cape Town (CoCT) says it is moving closer to turning landfill waste into energy, with two projects that are designed to produce electricity from the combustion of landfill gas moving... 


A black and white image of a hand under a tap with a trickle of water
Water a hurdle in Africa’s development - expert
10th May 2024

Water scarcity poses a significant hurdle to Africa's growth and development, with climate change and deteriorating infrastructure intensifying the challenges, says advisory and analytics firm... 


An air-cooled condensers designed and manufactured by IWC
Cooling company to highlight new concepts
10th May 2024 By: Halima Frost

After two successful webinars that unpacked the use of air-cooled condensers (ACC) for recoverable energy in power generation, thermal solutions specialist Industrial Water Cooling (IWC) aims to... 


Siemens South Africa CEO sub-Saharan Africa Sabine Dall’Omo standing on a stage talking
Cumulative effort to transform grids a hot topic
10th May 2024 By: Halima Frost

Of the 103 countries that in 2020 pledged to reduce global carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane emissions by at least 30%, 54 are African, says global technology giant Siemens South Africa CEO... 


Pioneer solution converts paper sludge, food and textile waste into bioethanol
3rd May 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

A pioneering solution has been developed to convert cellulose fibre-rich waste from pulp and paper mill operations into ethanol using a specialised fermentation process. The solution was announced... 


Interwaste launches leachate and effluent treatment plant
Interwaste launches leachate and effluent treatment plant
2nd May 2024

Local waste management company Interwaste – a Séché Environnement Group company – has launched its R100-million leachate and effluent treatment plant in Delmas, Mpumalanga. The company describes... 


Namibian Environment, Forestry and Tourism Minister Pohamba Shifeta officially opens the new $1.2-million plastic flaking plant in Okhanja
Coca Cola’s Namibia recycling partnership turns bottles into brighter futures
26th April 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

An investment of more than $1.2-million through a partnership between Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) and plastic packaging company Plastic Packaging has culminated in the opening of a new... 


Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy
South Africa seeks to secure global plastics pollution treaty by balancing competing interests – Creecy
12th April 2024 By: Schalk Burger

South Africa will seek to secure a legally binding global plastics pollution and marine litter treaty in negotiations at upcoming global meetings by balancing competing demands, Forestry, Fisheries... 


Interwaste's new leachate and effluent treatment plant
Interwaste launches R100m leachate, effluent treatment plant in Delmas
10th April 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Waste management company Interwaste on April 10 launched its R100-million leachate and effluent treatment plant in Delmas, Mpumalanga. The company says the plant is the first of its kind in South... 


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Shoprite, four global retailers form $125m venture fund aimed at innovation
9th April 2024 By: Irma Venter

Five grocery retailers, including South Africa’s Shoprite group, have established a venture fund called W23 Global. W23 Global brings together Ahold Delhaize (US, Europe, Indonesia), Tesco (UK,... 


DFFE commits to supporting SMMEs in waste tyre management endeavour
5th April 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy has unpacked the Industry Waste Tyre Management Plan (IWTMP), which was recently approved by Cabinet and which is aimed at addressing... 


SUPAFLOR PU HD
Supaflor polyurethane heavy-duty offers superior resistance to the specific conditions in sugar mills
Firm offers durable flooring solution, corrosion protection
5th April 2024 By: Simone Liedtke

The deterioration and corrosion of concrete infrastructure have presented significant challenges in harsh operational environments such as sugar mills. Corrosion protection, epoxy flooring and... 


Masslift Africa launches Mitsubishi Forklift’s new Grendia series in South Africa
Masslift Africa launches Mitsubishi Forklift’s new Grendia series in South Africa
3rd April 2024

Forklift products and services provider Masslift Africa, in partnership with Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks, in March launched Mitsubishi’s new-generation Grendia forklift series for the Southern... 


An image of a paper ream at a paper mill
Sustainability trend creates opportunities for paper producers
29th March 2024

The pulp and paper manufacturing industry holds a meaningful position in the landscape of South Africa's industrial sector, says industry association Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa... 


An image of Fluor process director Michiel Baerends
Alternative fuel production to increase during energy transition
22nd March 2024 By: Trent Roebeck

One of the foreseeable local and global energy transition trends in 2024, and beyond, is that of increased production of transport fuels made of vegetable oils and animal fats in the short term,... 


An image of Maltento CEO Dean Smorenburg, Cape Town mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis and Cape Town premier Alan Winde
Maltento aiming to bolster sustainability efforts
18th March 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Maltento CEO Dean Smorenburg and commercial director Dominic Malan were joined by Western Cape Premier Alan Winde and Cape Town mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis on a tour of the fly-farm’s facilities in... 


Recycling initiative prioritises sustainability, promotes economic growth
18th March 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Manufacturer Ardagh Glass Packaging’s money4glass initiative – launched in July 2023 – has yielded positive results. From August 2023 to January this year, the company’s glass recycling depot at... 


A range of bottles filled with various colour liquids used for cleaning
Probiotic-based cleaning products now available
15th March 2024

In contributing to a healthier environment, biological cleaning solutions producer Bionetix International, a division of environmentally responsible corrosion control technologies developer Cortec,... 


An info graphic Car with Green parts manufactured from petrochemicals
Biobased plastics launched to transform auto sector
15th March 2024

A consortium led by sustainable technology innovator Sonichem has been granted nearly R14.6-million in funding from UK government agency Innovate UK’s 'Resource efficiency for materials and... 


Circular economies can foster inclusivity in Africa, address social challenges – IWMI
8th March 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Through resource efficiency, circular design, water reuse, repair and recycling, African nations can customise their economic systems to maximise social benefits and sustainability, the... 


eWasa reaches 31% polystyrene recycling target
7th March 2024 By: Schalk Burger

During the 2022/23 reporting period, a 31% recycling rate for polystyrene was achieved, registered producer responsibility organisation the Extended producer responsibility (EPR) Waste Association... 


The NCPC-SA national programme manager Victor Manavhela
NCPC-SA launches circularity programme in North West
5th March 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

The National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) launched an Industrial Symbiosis Programme (ISP) with the North West provincial government and local municipalities to enable... 


An image showing a factory worker with a tyre at the Mathe Group factory
Mathe Group expands capacity to produce more rubber crumb for roads
4th March 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

The use of large amounts of recycled rubber crumb for the manufacture of road surfaces and related products is propelling South Africa towards a circular economy where waste products are used to... 


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Spar Group advancing sustainability initiatives to reduce plastic waste
28th February 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

JSE-listed retailer Spar Group is undertaking several initiatives to curb the environmental impact of plastic packaging materials. This commitment aligns with the group’s dedication to phasing out... 


Heineken's returnable star bottle
Heineken invests R2.3bn in returnable glass programme in South Africa
27th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Multinational beer producer Heineken has invested R2.3-billion in its returnable bottle programme in South Africa, more than doubling its share of returnable glass beer bottles, as part of its goal... 


Firm looks to diversify recycled product range, seeks new markets
23rd February 2024 By: Lumkile Nkomfe

Germiston-based rubber recycling company Dawhi Rubber Recycling, which has been in the rubber crumb business for 14 years, is conducting research into new innovations such as tyre-derived fuel,... 


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