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Recycling & Waste Management News

Mathe Group invests in new process to recycle retreaded tyre waste

By: Irma Venter     19th July 2019 The Mathe Group, one of South Africa’s largest used radial truck tyre recycling operations, has invested in a new multimillion-rand operation to recycle waste rubber from the retreading process. One of the Mathe Group’s biggest investors is British investment group PFE International. Its CEO, Dr... 

IDC drives development in Mpumalanga

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th July 2019 Funding provided by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has helped start-up recycling company Mihula Holdings increase its staffing levels to eight people. The IDC in March provided funding to enable Mihula to buy a baler and trucks for collecting raw material. 

IDC drives development in Mpumalanga

Climate change takes priority in Creecy’s budget vote debate  

By: Nadine James     12th July 2019 Newly appointed Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy delivered her R7.5-billion budget vote statement in the National Assembly on Thursday, emphasising the socioeconomic threat of climate change, as more than two-million South Africans are directly dependent on the... 

CSIR doubles down on solar PV amid energy-autonomous campus success

By: Dylan Slater     12th July 2019 The Pretoria-based headquarters of research organisation the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has almost doubled its commissioning of solar photovoltaic (PV) installed capacity because of its rooftop-mounted fixed-axis solar PV plant exceeding initial performance expectations.  

CSIR doubles down on solar PV amid energy-autonomous campus success

Use Mandela Month for water awareness – DWS

By: Thabi Madiba     11th July 2019 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) on Thursday called on Gauteng residents to use their 67 minutes this Mandela Month towards cleaning freshwater sources and called on people to stop polluting water. The DWS urged water users not to take water for granted, and pointed out that former... 

Use Mandela Month for water awareness – DWS
Photo by Reuters
Former President Nelson Mandela

CPUT prof develops one-stop solution for textile waste water

By: Irma Venter     10th July 2019 The Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) has developed a one-stop treatment reactor for treating textile waste water, using locally developed nano-powders. This treatment system offers an almost instantaneous removal of colour from water, explains project leader Professor Veruscha Fester. 

CPUT prof develops one-stop solution for textile waste water

Unisa, Mpumalanga municipality partner on waste management solutions

By: Yvonne Silaule     9th July 2019 The University of South Africa (Unisa) has partnered with the Bushbuckridge local municipality, in Mpumalanga, to find ways of improving waste management in the region. The municipality’s waste management manager, Levy Mokoena, says the municipality will use Unisa’s academic research on... 

Calculator to estimate daily water use

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     5th July 2019 With South Africa classified as a water-stressed country, owing to its receiving an average of about 492 mm/y of rainfall, water utility Rand Water’s environmental brand Water Wise’s water calculator provides users with an estimate of how much water is used in daily activities. Water Wise... 

R341-million set aside to overhaul infrastructure

5th July 2019 The Department of Water and Sanitation has set aside R341-million to completely overhaul wastewater treatment infrastructure in the Vaal Triangle, says pump manufacturer and supplier Werner Pumps MD Sebastian Werner. The Vaal river is polluted with untreated sewage flowing into it from three... 

R341-million set aside to overhaul infrastructure
PUMP IT UP The truck-mounted jetting units built by Werner South Africa Pumps and Equipment will assist ERWAT to save the Vaal River

South Africa water supply not keeping up with developments

5th July 2019 There are potential mining zones – in coal, platinum and chrome, for instance – in the northern parts of provinces like Limpopo, North West and Mpumalanga. In many of these, growth has in fact already taken place – but water supply is not keeping up, says consulting firm SRK Consulting partner... 

Creecy confirms government is reviewing policy related to singe-use plastic

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th July 2019 Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy has confirmed that her department has initiated a process to review the effectiveness of current policies relating to the management of plastic waste and whether it is necessary to consider a new policy direction. In a Parliamentary... 

Company to launch Kaiser units at IFAT Africa

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     28th June 2019 Distributor, repair facility and rental agent Octopus Electronics will launch industrial vehicle manufacturer Kaiser MORO’s Elegance truck at the IFAT Africa 2019 conference, which will be held at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Gauteng, from July 9 to 11. Octopus Electronics sales... 

Scientists want to dump hundreds of plastic blocks into the sea to solve litter mystery

By: News24Wire      27th June 2019 We know a staggering volume of plastic waste is ending up in our oceans, but where it all goes is still a bit of a mystery. A ground-breaking new study aims to shed light on the subject, but scientists have hit a stumbling block after concerned citizens launched efforts to stop it from going ahead. 

Pollution on our plate: How waste is ending up in fish caught off the Cape coast

By: News24Wire      26th June 2019 The ocean around Cape Town is so polluted that pharmaceutical and industrial chemical compounds are accumulating in the flesh of fish caught off the coast, reports GroundUp . Meanwhile, the City of Cape Town's water quality reports remain hidden from the public. Scientists from the University of... 

Nelson Mandela Bay municipality vows to clean up filthy city

By: African News Agency      25th June 2019 Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has embarked on a  campaign to clean up the city by budgeting R40-million for the 2019/20 financial year.  Forty three co-operatives will be paid as part of its “Clean and Green Programme”. 

PnP joins metal packaging recycling organisation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st June 2019 Supermarket group Pick n Pay (PnP) has signed up as a member of MetPac-SA, a producer responsibility organisation representing the metal packaging recycling industry in South Africa. MetPac-SA CEO Kishan Singh this week applauded PnP’s decision to support the local metal packaging industry’s... 

Health club receives net zero waste rating

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     14th June 2019 Through rigorous waste reduction, separation and recycling on site, and the assistance of net zero-accredited professionals Ecolution Consulting, Health Club Virgin Active Constantia, in Cape Town, achieved a Net Zero Waste certification from the Green Building Council of South Africa.... 

Health club receives net  zero waste rating
Photo by Julian Goldswain
NOTHING GOES TO WASTE Currently 93% of the gym’s waste is being diverted – an amount that was possible through an initial waste audit calculation

Green light for ‘net zero’

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     14th June 2019 Following then Energy Minister Jeff Radebe’s announcement paving the way for small projects generating between 1 MW and 10 MW of their own renewable electricity to feed it back into the grid, green building consultants ecocentric see this as a crucial opportunity for companies to accelerate... 

Green light for ‘net zero’
RATINGS The GBCSA Rosebank office received a 4-Star Interiors Rating based on the assessment of the environmental attributes of the building’s interior fit-outs

Producer achieves 35% emission reduction, supports carbon tax

By: Cameron Mackay     7th June 2019 Construction materials supplier AfriSam has reduced the company’s carbon emissions, per ton of cement produced, by 35% from 1990 to 2018 and is focusing on further carbon reductions, sustainability and the implementation of the carbon tax in South Africa. “The 35% is close to the targets being... 

Producer achieves 35% emission reduction, supports carbon tax
CARBON TAX COMPLICATIONS AfriSam has significantly reduced its carbon emissions

Oil giants' chemical lifeline threatened by plastic-trash crisis

By: Bloomberg     6th June 2019 As the world strives to wean itself off fossil fuels, oil companies have been turning to plastic as the key to their future. Now even that’s looking overly optimistic. The global crackdown on plastic trash threatens to take a big chunk out of demand growth just as oil companies like Saudi Aramco... 

Reclaimers progress towards formal inclusion in waste collection system

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th June 2019 The African Reclaimers Organisation (Aro) has partnered with consumer goods manufacturer Unilever South Africa and the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in starting a pilot project to help reclaimers advance towards formal integration into the Johannesburg waste collection system. The... 

Reclaimers progress towards formal inclusion in waste collection system
ARO committee member Luyanda Hlatshwayo, Wits lecturer Dr Melanie Samson, Wiego organiser Eli Kodisang, Unilever homecare VP Lethepu Mashaba and Unilever South Africa VP Luc-Oliver Marquet

Waste is the new gold, says Gauteng MEC Ramokgopa

By: African News Agency      5th June 2019 As the world marked World Environment Day on Wednesday, Gauteng MEC for Economic Development, Agriculture and Environment Dr. Kgosientso Ramokgopa urged communities to recycle waste, avoid illegal dumping and constantly consider the environmental impact of their actions. "This World Environment... 

 Waste is the new gold, says Gauteng MEC Ramokgopa
Gauteng MEC for Economic Development, Agriculture and Environment Dr. Kgosientso Ramokgopa

Environmental affairs department welcomes SCA ruling in Interwaste and FG landfill site

By: African News Agency      3rd June 2019 The environmental affairs department (DEA) has welcomed the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein's judgment this week upholding, with costs, the appeal by the Gauteng agriculture and rural development department (GDARD) against the findings of the High Court in Pretoria with respect to... 

Exxaro hands over Ga-Nala landfill site to community, local municipality

By: Simone Liedtke     30th May 2019 Black-empowered resources group Exxaro officially handed over the Ga-Nala landfill site to the Emalahleni local municipality and Ga-Nala communities earlier this week. The transfer of the landfill site near the Thubelihle township, in Mpumalanga, took place after three years. 

As resistance to plastic bottles mounts, Nampak offers cans and cartons as alternatives 

By: Terence Creamer     30th May 2019 Packaging group Nampak believes there is a significant opportunity to replace plastic bottles, particularly those used for noncarbonated and carbonated water, with aluminium beverage cans and paperboard cartons as consumer resistance to plastic grows. The JSE-listed company, which reported... 

As resistance to plastic bottles mounts, Nampak offers cans and cartons as alternatives

Step inside Joburg's first plastic-free packaging store

By: News24Wire      21st May 2019 The Refillery, Johannesburg’s very first plastic-free grocery store, is helping South Africans fill their pantries, while addressing the plastic pollution crisis. The store, owned and co-founded by Sam and Dom Moleta, opened its doors in Cedar Square, Fourways two months ago. 

Release of updated IRP imminent, says Radebe, as he allays coal producers' fears  

By: Kim Cloete     14th May 2019 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has promised that the update of the Integrated Resource Plan, which reflects the government’s policy blueprint for the power sector, will be concluded "very shortly". He told delegates attending the African Utility Week and PowerGEN Africa forum, in Cape Town, on... 

Release of updated IRP imminent, says Radebe, as he allays coal producers' fears
Photo by Bloomberg
Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

L2D to ban plastic shopping bags in its malls by January 2020

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th May 2019 JSE-listed real estate investment trust (Reit) Liberty Two Degrees will implement a “no plastic shopping bags” policy at its portfolio of malls from January 2020. The Reit said in a statement on Friday that the future of retail was defined by a continued adoption of standards that meet... 

L2D to ban plastic shopping bags in its malls by January 2020
L2D CE Amelia Beattie

Green chemistry requires whole value chain approach

By: Schalk Burger     3rd May 2019 Green chemistry requires that the entire value chain be considered to ensure that the use and reclamation or disposal of chemicals are economically feasible, says multinational specialty chemicals producer Clariant South Africa head Nicol Meyer. Clariant’s local clients are receptive to using... 

Green chemistry requires whole value chain approach
NICOL MEYER Companies must engage customers and consumers to ensure that demand and practices are aligned to green chemistry practices

Rhodes students’ idea puts them in line for $1m international prize

By: News24Wire      2nd May 2019 Four Rhodes University PhD Chemistry students have come out tops in the 2019 Hult Prize Challenge for their electronic and electrical waste management system, putting them in line to win a $1-million (about R14.3-million) startup injection for their business idea. Team E-Smart – Nobuhle Ndebele,... 

New technologies to increase wastewater plants’ capacity

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     26th April 2019 The East Rand Water Care Company (ERWAT) is implementing new technologies at its plants to increase the treatment capacity. ERWAT is set to commission the Nereda technology in June 2019 at the Hartebeestfontein wastewater treatment works (WWTW) to increase its capacity from 63-million litres a... 

New technologies to increase wastewater plants’ capacity
WASTE TREATED Wastewater should be seen as a valuable resource, as it can be reused

Nearly R3bn in investment raised for Cape Town, Western Cape in 2018/19

By: African News Agency      23rd April 2019 The Western Cape’s investment promotion agency Wesgro said on Tuesday it had helped secure R2.85-billion in investments in the province during the 2018/19 financial year which would be realised over a five year period and create nearly 1 000 jobs. It said this followed a successful fourth quarter... 

Nearly R3bn in investment raised for Cape Town, Western Cape in 2018/19

'Cash For Trash' idea nets Johannesburg entrepreneur R1m prize money 

By: African News Agency      10th April 2019 Johannesburg-based entrepreneur Mary-Ann Mandishona on Tuesday became an instant millionaire when she won R1-million in prize money through her "Cash4Trash" sustainability business idea in the first-ever Redefine Properties "Innovation Challenge". The Redefine Properties "Innovation Challenge" is... 

Gordhan: Radioactive leaks at Koeberg were 'negligible'

By: News24Wire      1st April 2019 Koeberg Nuclear Power Station released radioactive waste into the environment in three separate incidents in 2014 and 2015, but the quantities were "negligible" and fell under the threshold that would have made it necessary to notify the public, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has said... 

 Gordhan: Radioactive leaks at Koeberg were 'negligible'
Photo by Creamer Media
Koeberg Nuclear Power Stations

Paper recycling flourishing; separation at source important

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     29th March 2019 Paper recycling in South Africa is thriving, owing to the efforts of industry, collectors and conscientious businesses and consumers, says South African paper recycling association RecyclePaperZA GM Anele Sololo. The country reached its paper recycling 2020 target of 70% in 2017, with... 

Paper recycling flourishing; separation at source important
FIRST STEP Awareness must be created that separation at source rather than landfill and bin waste picking results in a cleaner product for mills

Thesele enters water infrastructure industry through Talbot & Talbot acquisition

By: Simone Liedtke     28th March 2019 Black-owned investment holding company Thesele Group has, through a substantial equity transaction, acquired a 35% stake in South African water and wastewater solutions provider Talbot & Talbot. Concluded this month, the transaction is in support of Talbot & Talbot’s growth objectives and... 

Local industrial waste being made into paints

By: Schalk Burger     22nd March 2019 Local construction materials firm Amoriguard sustainably consumes recycled industrial waste to produce construction products and paints and, in certain applications, improve the performance of the products compared with conventionally produced products, says Amoriguard developer and founder... 

Local industrial waste being made into paints
BUILDING MATERIALS The company is finalising a basic colour range for cement tiles
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