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Waste Management and Recycling

Firm will build, operate effluent-treatment plant

By: elizabeth rebelo     23rd July 2004 Since textile company Da Gama did not see the treatment of effluent as part of its core business process, after a comprehensive bidding process that was managed by BKS Consulting Engineers, it appointed EnviroServ Waste Management’s process management division to build, operate and maintain... 

Bio-engineering processes now available locally

By: elizabeth rebelo     23rd July 2004 World-leading and German bio-engineering technology is available in South Africa. 

Durban signs SA’s first carbon-finance deal

By: tom robbins     23rd July 2004 The eThekwini (Durban) municipality has signed and sealed South Africa’s first carbon emission reduction purchase agreement, for a trash to power project, with the World Bank. 

New hitech compactor for Joburg landfill

13th July 2004 Johannesburg’s waste-management company Pikitup has acquired a heavy-duty Bomag BC 772 RB landfill compactor, to be used at the Robinson Deep landfill site in Springfield, south of Johannesburg. 

Govt to minimise waste from glass, tyre industries

23rd June 2004 Government will sign agreements with the tyre and glass industries before the end of this financial year to regulate the impact of waste on the environment, from these industries. 

KZN calls for waste-management awards entries

18th May 2004 The Kwazulu-Natal branch of the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa is encouraging businesses throughout the province to enter this year’s waste management awards. Entry is free and the number of categories has been increased to six, including chemical manufacturing, general... 

SA technologists offer solution to unwanted biofilm

By: Irma Venter     23rd April 2004 The University of Pretoria (UP) has launched its answer to monitoring the formation of unwanted biofilm, typically found wherever liquid and a solid surface interface, such as in heat exchangers, cooling towers and municipal water storage facilities. 

Malaysian recycler in talks with KZN entrepreneur

By: tom robbins     9th April 2004 Major Malaysian recycler SPM and Durban entrepreneur Lazarus Peter have announced that they are negotiating a R100-million deal to turn scrap metal into high-value components for the export market. 

EnviroServe continues with efficiency drive

19th February 2004 Waste-management group EnviroServ yesterday announced a 12% improvement in headline earnings during the six-months to December, despite what it described as a weak industrial-waste market - earnings per share rose to 17,5 cents from 15,6 cents in the corresponding period of 2002. 

Durban’s trash-to-power plan is unveiled

By: tom robbins     5th December 2003 Although progressing slower than originally anticipated, the Kouga Wind Farm project, near Jefferies Bay, in the Eastern Cape is still going ahead, coordinator Dr Andries van der Linde reports. 

‘Worker participation key to broad-based empowerment’

By: Deborah Spicer     7th November 2003 The participation of workers is missing in the Phamangu–Reclamation empowerment deal, noted Khaya Ngqula, CEO of the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), at its announcement. 

IDC facilitates R250m waste management BEE deal

By: Martin Czernowalow     21st October 2003 South Africa’s State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) yesterday announced that it was funding a R250-million black economic empowerment (BEE) deal, in which Phamangu has bought a 25% shareholding in recycling and waste management company Reclamation. 

Welding and cutting company diversifies

By: candice haase     3rd October 2003 A tool that will enable rural communities to control their water consumption is now being produced by a company previously focused solely on providing welding and cutting services. 

Nigerian brewer awards effluent treatment contract

By: nkolola halwindi     19th September 2003 In a E3,8-million contract, water and wastewater specialist Biwater will design, supply, install and commission an effluent-treatment plant at the Ogba Brewery in Lagos, Nigeria. 

R450m Soweto water project launched

8th September 2003 A R450-million Soweto water-infrastructure project was launched by Johannesburg mayor Amos Masondo at the weekend. 

New voice added to plastic-bag debate

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     5th September 2003 In the latest contribution to the ongoing debate regarding the government’s plastic-bag policy, a top official at the Association of Plastics Manufacturers in Europe (APME) has said that littering – which prompted the ban on the free issuance of thin bags by retailers – is a... 

Paper recycling surges

By: zeena isaacs     29th August 2003 The amount of waste paper and cardboard recycled in South Africa has increased by 60% in the last ten years, with the overall recovery rate of paper currently at 52%, says Mondi national sales and marketing manager Peter Hunter. 

Kimberley operation implements a new water conservation method 

By: zeena isaacs     29th August 2003 Diamond-mining company De Beers has implemented a new water conservation system at its Combined Treatment Plant (CTP) in Kimberley, Northern Cape, which is based on the paste and thickened tailings disposal (P&TTD) concept. 

Pilot waste-management project launched at a Gauteng hospital

By: zeena isaacs     29th August 2003 A waste-management pilot project has been implemented at the Leratong hospital, in Gauteng, by the provincial departments of Health, Agriculture, Conservation, Environment and Land Affairs in February. 

Can collector has so far paid out R270-million

By: zeena isaacs     29th August 2003 Since its inception ten years ago, beverage can recovery company Collect-a-can has paid more than R270-million to can collectors, with more than 530 000 t of used steel beverage cans and 400 000 t of tin-bearing scrap recovered and recycled. 

Gauteng is responsible for 42% of SA’s waste

By: zeena isaacs     29th August 2003 It is estimated that about 2 000 t of household waste is generated in Johannesburg a day, with Cape Town and Durban close to producing the same amount each. 

Plastic bag recycling company reports 80 t/m production decrease

By: zeena isaacs     29th August 2003 Cape Town company Atlantic Plastic Recycling has recorded a decrease in business of 80 t a month as a direct result of the plastic bag legislation implemented in May. 

Johannesburg faces problem of illegal dumping

By: zeena isaacs     29th August 2003 Waste-management utility Pikitup Johannesburg is spending about R150-million a year on picking up illegally-dumped waste in the city – money which could be used for other purposes, Pikitup environmental management GM Les Venter tells Engineering News. 

New treatment facilities for waste manager

By: zeena isaacs     29th August 2003 Construction of a hazardous-waste leachate treatment plant is scheduled to begin at waste management company EnviroServ’s Holfontein landfill site, in Gauteng, in early September. 

Wastewater membrane means no more money down the drain

By: Karel Smrcka     29th August 2003 The constituents of some effluents can also be valuable and, if not properly treated, wastewater can literally throw money down the drain. 

Waste recovery emerging as big business

By: Deborah Spicer     29th August 2003 Waste company Enviroserv believes that between a third and a quarter of its revenue could come from its process-management division in three to five years, CEO Des Gordon reported at the company’s yearly results this month. 

Sanitation struggle continues

By: Zonika Botha     29th August 2003 It is something that most people take for granted, yet worldwide there are a staggering 2,4-billion people who do not have access to adequate sanitation. 

EnviroServ reports rise in earnings

By: Martin Czernowalow     20th August 2003 South African waste management group EnviroServ yesterday announced that its revenue, for the year ended June 30, increased by 13%, to R426,1-million, and headline earnings per share improved by 17%, to 35,7 cents per share. 

R150m water-treatment project proposed

By: nkolola halwindi     15th August 2003 Due to an increase in housing development, there is a need to increase capacity in wastewater treatment, observes East Rand Water Care Company (Erwat) development executive manager Koos Wilken. 

Joburg water utility in sewer maintenance drive

8th August 2003 Water and sanitation service provider for the Johannesburg, Johannesburg Water, increased its capacity on preventative sewer maintenance through commissioning into operation of three custom designed hydro jetting vacuum tankers. 

Building the renaissance

By: Irma Venter     9th June 2003 Forget Africa’s Big Five. The continent is looking for Africa’s Big Fifteen. Fifteen – or more – projects that will kickstart development. 

Building the Renaissance

By: Irma Venter     6th June 2003 Forget Africa’s Big Five. The continent is looking for Africa’s Big Fifteen. Fifteen – or more – projects that will kickstart development. 

Rural councils struggle with free water provision

5th June 2003 The South African Local Government Association (Salga) says around 50 municipalities in mostly rural communities are still battling to implement the free basic water policy. 

Making government keep its waste-management promises

By: katharine mckenzie     23rd May 2003 The successful implementation of government regulations regarding plastic bags proves again that the law is a powerful implement in effecting behaviour change. 

Company calls for increased concrete recycling

By: candice haase     23rd May 2003 In the wake of the World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg last year, South African companies are beginning to take into consideration the fact that certain natural resources are non-renewable. 

R44m coater plant for Cape paper mill

By: Zonika Botha     23rd May 2003 South African paper and pulp giant Sappi is installing a R44-million coater plant at its Cape Kraft Mill to add value to the operation’s current product portfolio. 

New plastic bag standard published by SABS

9th May 2003 The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) this week announced its involvement in a new technical regulation, pertaining to the new standard for plastic bags in the country, which has been issued by the Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism. 

Access-card recycling a cost saver

By: Keith Campbell     2nd May 2003 GIANT South African integrated oil, gas and chemical company Sasol is saving millions because of a successful innovation by a small South African company – recycleable access control cards. 

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