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Waste Management and Recycling

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... 

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... 

ANTON HANEKOM Organisations are working towards a vision of eliminating all plastic waste from the country’s landfill sites by 2030
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 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.... 

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,... 

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. 

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. 

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
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

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. 

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. 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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... 

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. 

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 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. 

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... 

University rolls out recycling project

By: Tracy Hancock     20th August 2010 The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), in Port Elizabeth, is currently rolling out a recycling project at its residences on a trial basis.

Specific bins are placed in strategic areas for the separation of plastic, paper and glass. When these bins are full, various service providers... 

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... 

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... 

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. 

Waste disposal programme key for South Africa 

By: Tracy Hancock     20th August 2010 With recent reports of illegal dumping of medical waste and noncompliant incineration in South Africa, incinerator technology company Advanced Industrial Technology (Ai-Tec) director Arnold Retief believes that it is critical that the country implements an acceptable waste disposal programme.... 

‘Green’ bricks for 
community clinic

By: Tracy Hancock     20th August 2010 Manufacturer of recycled bricks Cape Brick is supplying an energy-efficient, environment-friendly concrete masonry product for the construction of the Malmesbury/Wesbank Community Day Centre (CDC), a community day clinic, in the Western Cape.

The construction of the 2 000-m2 clinic started in... 

Weighbridges key 
for waste facilities

By: Tracy Hancock     20th August 2010 Specialist in weighing equipment and data management Massamatic operations manager Werner Barnard says that it is important for a weighbridge to be used at waste facilities to monitor incoming waste, build a client database and send detailed invoices.

Massamatic has partnered with Mandalay... 

New tyre recycling plant for South Africa 

By: Tracy Hancock     20th August 2010 South African company Hamba Kanqane has partnered with Australian rubber producer Rubber Solutions to construct South Africa’s first 4-t/h tyre recycling plant, in Mpumalanga province. 

PET waste 
recycling doubles in four years

21st August 2009 The plastic bottle or polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling industry has nearly doubled its tonnage since 2005 through the introduction of the voluntary recycling levy for producers of the plastic. 

Waste pickers not recognised in new Waste Act

By: Kelly Farthing     21st August 2009 Over one hundred waste pickers from around South Africa gathered in Johannesburg, last month, for the country’s first National Waste Pickers Meeting. 

Roll-out of new glass banks locally

21st August 2009 The national body responsible for increasing the recovery of waste glass for recycling, The Glass Recycling Company, has rolled out 700 new glass banks with an improved design. 

Huge potential for vermicompost in South Africa

By: Kelly Farthing     21st August 2009 Organic recycling company Turfnet sees huge potential in South Africa for vermicompost, an organic compost that is believed to be the cleanest form of organics in the world. 

Cape Town takes on new waste management bylaw

21st August 2009 The City of Cape Town is the first municipality in the country to introduce a new waste management bylaw in line with new national legislation. 

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