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Waste Management and Recycling

Joint industry initiative grows waste-glass recovery more than 20% 

By: Neal Goldwyer     24th August 2007 Non-profit organisation the Glass Recycling Company has grown levels of waste glass recovery in South Africa by 24% in its first year of operation. 

Billboard campaign a consumer call to action

24th August 2007 The plastics industry's first joint initiative to self-regulate post-consumption polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling, PET Recycling Company (PETco), has unveiled a billboard campaign designed to encourage consumers to participate actively in PET recovery and recycling. 

Environmental responsibility and sustainability key to new Bill

By: Neal Goldwyer     24th August 2007 The National Environmental Management Waste Management Bill, which aims to entrench waste management best practices into law, has been submitted to Parliament for approval and promulgation, following a period of public commentary since it was gazetted in January 2007. 

Cracks in the glass shortage to appear next year

By: Neal Goldwyer     24th August 2007 Glass manufacturer Consol Glass (Consol) has completed a R410-million upgrade and expansion project to its Consol Bellville number one furnace (B1). 

120 governments meet to tackle huge global generation of electronic debris

By: Jade Davenport     8th December 2006 With a rapidly growing international awareness concerning climate change and environmental sustainability, 120 governments recently met at the United Nations (UN)-sponsored Nairobi Conference in a bid to seek solutions to the ever-increasing global generations of electronic waste (e-waste). 

National initiative includes manufacture of 'sustainable packaging' as World Cup special

By: Jade Davenport     8th December 2006 A nationwide initiative to avoid and reduce the potential negative impacts of excessive waste and pollution during the 2010 World Cup has been launched by nongovernmental organisation (NGO) the Institute for Zero Waste (Izwa). 

E-waste culpits risking hefty penalities, conference told

By: Nelendhre Moodley     29th November 2006 Corporations are being held responsible for generating about 80% of electronic waste (e-waste), which is considered to be the world's fastest-growing and potentially most dangerous waste problem both in South Africa and globally. 

Environmentally safe solution offered

3rd November 2006 The drum valve systems manufactured by Micro Matic USA offer an environmentally safe solution to the standardisation of liquid containers and drums for returnable packaging. 

Waste-management firm shifts focus to recycling 

By: Clement Deane     25th August 2006 A new focus is being introduced in Johannesburg waste-management company Pikitup’s efforts to encourage citizens to recycle. 

Vanadium producer installs R32m waste facility

By: Clement Deane     25th August 2006 In order to manage the waste streams at vanadium producer Vanchem’s processing plant in Witbank, Golder Associates Africa had to allocate R32-million to the implementation of a waste-manage-ment scheme. This included the building of a slimes facility, a pumping scheme, and a thickening... 

Recycling firms tackle SA’s rising e-waste problem

By: Clement Deane     25th August 2006 The management of electronic waste is becoming a problem, according to Debi Van Rensburg, environmental officer at Industria-based company Universal Recycling. 

Earthworms munch on 200-kg ‘breakfast buffet’

25th August 2006 Cape Town’s most famous hotel, the Mount Nelson, has embarked on a novel way of disposing of its waste - it has established an on-site worm farm, or vermiculture, to process leftover food and other organic matter. 

Industry adopts ‘waste logistics’ approach

25th August 2006 TFM Industries (Olifantsfontein) is South Africa’s leading supplier of waste equipment and solutions to the waste industry. 

Ozone technology treats polluted water

25th August 2006 The use of ozone in water treatment systems isn’t a new concept - it has been used for close on 100 years to disinfect municipal drinking water, and more recently also as disinfectant in waste water treatment facilities. 

Firm gets enviro certification

25th August 2006 Scrap-metal recycling company National Scrap Metal received an ISO 14001 certification in June this year. 

Changing attitudes to incineration

25th August 2006 Ten years ago, a vociferous outcry against incineration was burgeoning. 

3-D modelling supports alternative-energy R&D

2nd June 2006 Eastern Cape manufacturer Agricon Pelleting Machines has used the latest modelling technology to design equipment that compacts waste material, creating viable alternative energy sources that are cheaper and burn cleaner than coal. 

Water-treatment plant completed

By: Mischa Drotsky     31st March 2006 The recovery, treatment and re-use of surface, subsurface and other domestic and industrial waste water is an important part of water management at Process Water Technologies. 

Environmental legislation promotes growth for contract industry

By: Jade Davenport     24th March 2006 During the last decade local industrial, mining and petrochemical companies have come under increasing pressure from international protocols and, more specifically, the South African government to comply with environmental legislation that limits the generation of pollution and encourages... 

Cleaning up

By: Keith Campbell     17th February 2006 The need to counter global warming, conserve water, and protect the environment are creating important new opportunities for IST Industrial. 

Importing Brazilian R&D

By: Mariaan Webb     3rd February 2006 Local waste-materials-handling equipment manufacturer 600SA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the 600Group, has partnered with a Brazilian-manufacturer Usimeca to manufacture and import a new range of materials-handling equipment. 

Electronic transactions soon at waste management centres

26th October 2005 City of Johannesburg waste management company, Pikitup Johannesburg, is soon to introduce electronic payment facilities for its customers when they make payments at its service centres. 

SA in danger of losing water excellence?

By: Irma Venter     21st October 2005 The outbreak of typhoid in Delmas illustrates that those responsible for water and waste water management in many municipalities do not have a basic understanding of what the job entails, says Mike Muller of the University of Witwatersrand’s graduate school of Public and Development... 

Bioremediation is a safe wastewater treatment alternative

By: Jade Davenport     26th August 2005 South Africa’s classification as a newly-industrialising country has resulted in a significant amount of effluents, industrial-residues and industrial accidents contaminating surface waters, soils, air, streams and reservoirs. 

Durban firm manages closure of waste disposal site

26th August 2005 Durban-based specialist in the management, maintenance and operation of infrastructure and essential municipal facilities Munitech, has been appointed by Buffalo City to project manage, design and administer the closure of the Second Creek site, in East London, and the NU2 site, in Mdantsane. 

Recycler stands firm in never-ending waste battle

By: Jade Davenport     26th August 2005 The city of Johannesburg, home to 3,2-million people, is the most thriving metropolitan in South Africa and, as a result, attracts more than 20 000 new residents every year. 

Truck specialist continues to support local waste sector

26th August 2005 Drawing on the expertise it has developed by supporting the local waste-management industry as well as its alliances with international partners, specialist truck body builder TFM Industries continues to develop customised waste-collection vehicles for South African municipalities and private... 

Additional treatment systems supplied to Mali gold-mine

By: Jade Davenport     26th August 2005 Kwazulu-Natal-based Lilliput Treatment Technologies, the recipient of the coveted SABS Design Institute Award for Engineering Excellence in 1999 for its Domestic Sewage Effluent Treatment Technologies, has recently had a two-man installation team arrive back from a three-week stay in Mali, where... 

Detailed design of landfill extension project completed

26th August 2005 Durban-based Stemele Bosch Africa’s (SBA’s) solid waste and environmental division provides a specialist consulting service in all facets of liquid and solid waste management, as well as environmental management services. 

Massive landfill rehab preserves E Rand enviro

By: Jade Davenport     26th August 2005 Waste-landfill sites and the associated environmental effects on surrounding areas has become a significant concern for local municipalities in recent years as stringent South African legislation requires all closed landfills to be rehabilitated and capped to prevent environmental degradation and... 

Recycling machine to offer employment opportunities

26th August 2005 European-based EGAPRO Switzerland, specialising in the development of various environmental machines and the home of LuckyCan Technologies, has granted Lucky-Can Africa the Southern African franchise and rights to manufacture, distribute and operate the Lucky-Can recycling system. 

New lab positions utility as wastewater leader

By: elizabeth rebelo     29th April 2005 For East Rand Water Care Company (Erwat) providing capacity for current and future markets has come in the form of a R8,5-million 2 000 m2 laboratory. 

Brand relaunched on SA pump market

1st April 2005 One of the most renowned names in submersible-effluent pumps, Emu, has been ?relaunched on the South African market by Salmson Pumps SA following the acquisition of Emu by the Salmson group. 

New pumps handle wastewater with ease

1st April 2005 After years of research, design work and testing, Grundfos is ready to impress the market with its new Grundfos SE pumps. 

Tyre-recycling project enters the home stretch 

By: Liezel Hill     1st April 2005 After six and a half years of preparation and hard work, the South African Tyre Recycling Process Company (SATRP Co) is looking forward to finally seeing its efforts come to fruition. 

R27m effluent-treatment plant for paper manufacturer

11th March 2005 Veolia Water Systems South Africa has been subcontracted by its international sister company, to supply equipment, supervise erection and commission Mondi Business Paper’s new secondary effluent treatment plant in Richards Bay. 

Paper continues to hold its own

By: Liezel Hill     11th March 2005 Paper, one of the oldest forms of packaging, is fighting back and holding its own against an unforgiving onslaught from more modern materials. 

Recycled-paper surplus to normalise by year-end

By: Liezel Hill     11th March 2005 After two years of excessive surplus, the local recycled-paper industry is finally moving towards a position of relative balance between supply and demand. 

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