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Waste Management and Recycling

Making a fortune from waste

By: Zonika Botha     24th May 2002 To turn a product that was once regarded as waste material into a multi-million rand strong business sounds like an unlikely pipe dream. 

Plant to recover millions of litres of water

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 A second tubular reverse osmosis (TRO) plant has been commissioned by Sasol Synfuels in Secunda. 

High-purity carbon project on the way

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 Construction of a R163-million plant to produce high-purity carbon from calcined coke is due to start in Secunda, Mpumalanga, by June 2002. 

28m used tyres litter the country

By: Joanne Delaurentis     17th May 2002 It takes about three recycled passenger tyres to produce one square meter of rubber material, of about an inch thick. 

Skills already here for tyre recycling

By: Joanne Delaurentis     17th May 2002 Despite the seemingly informal nature of the industry, the expertise to run a profitable tyre-recycling industry in South Africa are already in place, says MD of East Rand-based Vredestein SA Recycling Tony Hanouch. 

Helical-rotor pumps for Pta wastewater works

26th April 2002 Extensive design experience has secured an order for pump manufacturer and supplier Howden-Orbit to supply six more helical-rotor pumps to Weldgedacht Wastewater Treatment Works, north of Pretoria. 

Waste-management giant gets BEE partner

By: marisa rodrigues     5th April 2002 One of the biggest waste management companies on the African continent, Enviroserv Holdings, has entered into an agreement with black economic empowerment (Bee) company Lungisa, enabling the latter to acquire an equity interest in four of its divisions. 

SA waste-to-wood-to-energy initiative

By: marisa rodrigues     5th April 2002 The concept of using trees to treat waste water and simultaneously using the waste water as a resource to grow productive plantations for renewable energy from biomass, is being investigated by the CSIR. 

Water polluters will start paying penalties by 2004

4th April 2002 The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) is developing a Waste Discharge Charge System (WDCS), which will provide a framework for billing water users that dispose of their waste into water resources. 

Water polluters will start paying penalties by 2004

By: Irma Venter     29th March 2002 The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) is developing a Waste Discharge Charge System (WDCS), which will provide a framework for billing water users that dispose of their waste into water resources. 

US support for waste industry empowerment

13th March 2002 South Africa’s first black economic empowerment merger achieved through privatisation in the waste-management industry has recieved support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAid). 

Turning brewery waste into pulp and paper

23rd November 2001 A new enterprise opportunity has been conceived for the erection of a plant that will convert certain solid waste products from the beer-brewing process to paper and pulp products. 

Why tomatoes are vegetables

By: Kelvin Kemm     9th November 2001 A juicy red tomato, just like the ones that you see on TV ads, just waiting to have your teeth sunk into it. 

Evaporation technology to stop enviro pollution

By: Karel Smrcka     9th November 2001 Environmental issues have a substantial effect on the treatment and disposal of industrial effluents and landfill leachate. The environmental movement is gaining momentum to minimise water usage and wastewater volume is increasing daily. 

Radwaste, compare their ice and our sand

By: Kelvin Kemm     26th October 2001 The National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) invited Mr Jukka Laaksonen to visit South Africa to present the annual NNR Guest Lecture. Mr Laaksonen is the director general of the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority of Finland, which is known by its Finnish abbreviation STUK. 

30% of State engineer on auction block

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     28th September 2001 Thirty per cent of the shareholding of each of Rotek Industries subsidiaries Rotek Engineering (RE) and Roshcon will be owned privately from February next year, a Johannesburg firm appointed to advise the government on the long-awaited restructuring tells Engineering News. 

Gauteng clean-up ahead of world enviro summit

By: Irma Venter     21st September 2001 The Gauteng department of agriculture, conservation, environment and land affairs (Dacel) will intensify efforts to clean up the province ahead of next year’s World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg. 

Water utility in big maintenance push

By: Laura Franz     14th September 2001 The restructuring of Johannesburg Water’s operations is steaming ahead as planned, following the Johannesburg Water Management Company’s (Jowam) assumption of the management of the city’s water and waste services from the start of July for the following five years, reports... 

Lower nickel price besets scrap dealers

By: Deborah Spicer     14th September 2001 Stainless-steel scrap dealers are carefully watching the price of nickel, the most expensive element contained in stainless steel. 

Waste sector grows 20% a year

By: Joanne Delaurentis     31st August 2001 South African industries wanting to export products abroad or attract investment from foreign investors are starting to feel the pressure of having to comply with First World waste-management standards. 

Cleaning waste without harmful chemicals

31st August 2001 Hydrocyclone technology cleans waste without harmful chemicals. 

More use of scrap

By: Joanne Delaurentis     31st August 2001 Metal recycling operations are often called the opencast mines of the future. An unrelenting byproduct of the consumer society, scrap metal is fast becoming a valuable source of raw material for the automotive, engineering and telecommunications industries. 

Treatment plant development continues

By: Joanne Delaurentis     31st August 2001 South African waste-management company Enviroserv will launch the design for its new leachate treatment plant at its landfill site in Holfontein, Springs, later this year, reports director Colin Batchelor. 

Waste-converter project awaits approval

By: Joanne Delaurentis     31st August 2001 Construction of the somewhat controversial plasma waste converter (PWC) plant by joint-venture partners Amandla Environmental and Phambili Services is only set to get under way in the next nine to twelve months, reports Phambili executive director Reggie Nkosi. 

New medical waste facilities imminent

By: Joanne Delaurentis     31st August 2001 Newly-formed holding company Evertrade Medical Waste has started construction of its two new electro thermal de-activation (ETD) facilities for the introduction of specific infection control services on a national scale in South Africa. 

Rehabilitation of Cape landfill starts

31st August 2001 The rehabilitation and phased closure of the Robertson Landfill site in the Boland marks the first milestone in constructing one of South Africa's most ecologically sound waste management systems. 

Technology to recycle waste heat

31st August 2001 Technology company Scram Technology has been appointed to market and licence a breakthrough technology in waste heat re-cycling that promises up to 10% reduction in energy used in internal combustion engines, electric motors and fuel cells. 

New Cape waste plan completed

31st August 2001 International firm of consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting, has conceptualised a comprehensive strategy for the environmentally responsible management of Coastal Park, a large waste disposal site situated on the doorstep of Cape Town’s popular seaside resort, Muizenberg. 

Cement recycling

31st August 2001 The design and manufacture of two readymix concrete recycling plants for Alpha Readymix has been completed by Lockers Engineers. 

Waste-management sector salvaged

By: Joanne Delaurentis     31st August 2001 Tarnished by incidents of illegal dumping and a medical waste mismanagement, the South African waste-management industry is in the process of transformation, president of the Institute of Waste Management June Lombard tells Engineering News. 

New waste trucks for Bloemfontein

By: Joanne Delaurentis     31st August 2001 Responding to the problem of the ever-increasing demand for waste management services from under-developed township areas, Bell Equipment Company's Bloemfontein customer service centre, working in close cooperation with the Mechanical Engineering and Cleansing Divisions of the Mangaung Local... 

Danes share cleaner production techniques with Southern Africa

10th August 2001 Cleaner production (CP), a comprehensive and preventative approach to environmental protection, has been making in-roads into the Southern African fishing, textiles and metal-finishing sectors. 

Good housekeeping makes cleaner sense

10th August 2001 A cleaner production (CP) and waste minimisation action plan launched a year ago by local industry with the support of Danish aid agency, Danced, is setting new standards for the metal-finishing industry. 

Setting new standards in the metal-finishing industry

10th August 2001 The 16 South Africans who participated in a study tour to Denmark are reporting significant achievements in cleaner textile production locally.Engineering News marketing reporter Babitha Roopnarian speaks to chief technical advisor at the Danced project office Karen Lundbo and textile component... 

Joseph Shamir, Pikitup Johannesburg

10th August 2001 Joseph Shamir Pikitup Johannesburg Leader of 4 226 

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. 

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