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Recycling & Waste Management News

Report suggests 10% reuse of plastics will halve such ocean-going litter

By: Donna Slater     22nd July 2021 A key finding of the ‘Future of Reusable Consumption Model’ report suggests that it is possible to prevent almost half of yearly plastic ocean waste by reusing just 10% of all plastics consumed, as an integral part of the reduce-reuse-recycle agenda. The report – a collaboration between... 

Challenge launched to promote solutions that address marine plastic waste

By: Donna Slater     21st July 2021 Innovation foundation Nesta Challenges has launched the Afri-Plastics Challenge as part of its efforts to find African innovators with scalable and sustainable solutions to prevent plastic waste from entering the marine environment in sub-Saharan Africa. The challenge involves a public... 

Holistic strategy needed to tackle growing marine plastic crisis

By: Donna Slater     16th July 2021 As the marine ecosystem plays an critical role in mitigating climate change, through absorbing carbon dioxide (CO2), cooling the environment and sustaining delicate marine wildlife, it is becoming increasingly important to mitigate a mounting problem – the leakage of plastic waste into Oceans and... 

Image of Engineering News and Mining Weekly 16 July 2021 cover.

Increasing waste generation requires a new approach

By: Schalk Burger     9th July 2021 The expected increase in solid waste generated by cities each year, from two-billion tonnes a year now to 3.4-billion tonnes a year by 2050, means new plans for dealing with waste and protecting biodiversity are necessary. This will require changing the global "throw away" culture, says waste... 

How climate change is driving adoption of technology in agriculture

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th July 2021 Environmental phenomena such as climate change and its manifestations, including extreme weather events, are featuring more prominently on the risk radar of investors, banks and commercial farmers, as agricultural activity intensifies in order to provide sufficient food for a growing population.... 

How climate change is driving adoption of technology in agriculture

Sapro, MyPlas sign Operation Clean-Sweep pledge

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd July 2021 Industry organisation the South African Plastics Recycling Organisation (Sapro) and manufacturer of recycled plastic compounds MyPlas have become the latest signatories of Operation Clean Sweep (OCS) – an international stewardship programme designed to keep plastic pellets, flakes and powders out... 

ZSD developed for water treatment plants

2nd July 2021 Metallurgical industry plant supplier SMS group is committed to taking care of the environment and has developed an environmentally beneficial product called Zero Solid Discharge (ZSD). ZSD is a water treatment plant for metal industries. 

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The microbial product is composed of a mix of non-genetically modified natural bacteria and their micronutrients and reduces suspended and surface oil
DIRECT COMPARISON The microbial product is composed of a mix of non-genetically modified natural bacteria and their micronutrients and reduces suspended and surface oil

MTN joins new coalition to drive green actions

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th June 2021 Information and communications technology group MTN has joined the Every Action Counts (EAC) coalition, which aims to empower one-billion “green champions” by 2025 and harness the power of green consumer behaviours to enhance biodiversity and climate efforts. The new coalition, launched by the... 

WISP helps company increase revenue by R4m a year

By: Schalk Burger     25th June 2021 The Western Cape Industrial Symbiosis Programme (WISP), which identifies and links industrial companies to opportunities, has resulted in the establishment of fuel pump reconditioning business Siyavana Solutions. Under WISP, GreenCape identified that Siyavaya could develop an upcycling solution... 

Sappi joins the Circular Bioeconomy Alliance

By: Schalk Burger     23rd June 2021 Wood-fibre products multinational Sappi has joined bioeconomy global movement the Circular Bioeconomy Alliance (CBA). “Sappi’s purpose and vision aligns very closely with the CBA. We fully support the work of the CBA in facilitating a science-informed dialogue and in demonstrating on the ground... 

Trial shows PET bottles are recyclable when wash-off label adhesive is used

By: Schalk Burger     21st June 2021 A trial of self-adhesive labels used on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and laboratory tests afterwards demonstrated that these bottles and labels are fully recyclable, PET recycling company Petco says. PET plastic bottles with adhesive labels have hampered South African recycling processes, as... 

Petco diversifies as it anticipates increase in producer responsibility participation

By: Schalk Burger     21st June 2021 Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic producer responsibility organisation (PRO) Petco announced that it is diversifying into multimaterials as it anticipates that participation in PROs will increase significantly and to ensure that its members remain compliant under new packaging... 

ITU looks to increase e-waste collection, recycling

By: Simone Liedtke     21st June 2021 With a growing information society and increasing disposable incomes, the amount of e-waste is growing, and official collection and recycling rates fail to keep pace. Globally, only 39% of countries have a national policy, legislation or regulation that covers e-waste; while in Africa, only 13... 

Strong policy needed to grow a green biofuels industry

By: Nadine Ramdass     18th June 2021 To ensure that the South African biofuels industry grows sustainably, World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF-SA) Bioenergy programme manager Tjaša Bole-Rentel says there needs to be a differentiation at policy level based on each biofuel’s environmental impact. Biofuels have the potential... 

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Biofuels can burn cleaner but are not climate neutral
BIOFUEL POWERED DELIVERY VAN Biofuels can burn cleaner but are not climate neutral

Starbucks to roll out Cup-Share initiative across EMEA by 2025

By: Schalk Burger     9th June 2021 Coffeehouse multinational Starbucks will start a trial of its reusable Cup-Share initiative, which is aimed at reducing single-use plastic waste, in the UK, France and Germany over the coming months. The Cup-Share initiative is part of its ongoing approach to encourage customers to use reusable... 

DFFE develops Source-to-Sea initiative to stave off marine, plastic litter

By: Simone Liedtke     8th June 2021 Marine litter, including plastic litter, has become a matter of increasing global and national concern as a source of marine pollution. The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) has, therefore, prioritised efforts to deal with the challenge of marine litter, as there is... 

Alternative treatment posited as a solution to deal with waste crisis

By: Donna Slater     4th June 2021 The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) says that, because South Africa relies heavily on its natural ecosystems and landscapes for its tourism sector, it is incredibly important that the country’s waste management sector adopts the best and latest technology to avoid... 

Nemwa amendments aimed at increasing recovery of products to be recycled  

By: Simone Liedtke     28th May 2021 Waste management and plastic recycling are a significant challenges in South Africa and recent amendments to Section 18 of the National Environmental Management and Waste Act (Nemwa) regulations call for producer responsibility organisations (PROs) to cooperate with municipalities to increase the... 

Plastics SA executive director Anton Hanekom
Plastics SA executive director Anton Hanekom gives more insight into recent amendments to Section 18 of the National Environmental Management and Waste Act (Nemwa). Video: Recorded on Zoom. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

UCT professor elected as fellow of South African Academy of Engineering 

By: Donna Slater     28th May 2021 University of Cape Town (UCT) chemical engineering professor Harro von Blottnitz has been elected a fellow of the South African Academy of Engineering (SAAE), thereby placing him among an elite group of 213 fellows who stand between the worlds of academia and industry, and who are considered... 

University of Cape Town chemical engineering professor Harro von Blottnitz
University of Cape Town chemical engineering professor Harro von Blottnitz

Li-ion batteries provide development opportunity for South Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     25th May 2021 As electric mobility and energy storage increases its share of the transport and energy sectors, the demand for batteries is rising, with lithium-ion batteries (LIB) dominating the market. While research by Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) indicates that South Africa’s vibrant venture... 

Company ready for Covid-19 medical waste surge

By: Theresa Bhowan     21st May 2021 Waste and recycling company Averda says it has treated more than 600 000 kg of Covid-19 waste in January this year. “This represents a significant increase in the volume of medical waste, compared with those of previous months. Only a month prior, in December 2020, at the peak of the second wave,... 

KEEP IT CLEAN
Averda, which has extensive medical waste treatment facilities located in City Deep Johannesburg, Klerksdorp, George and Killarney Gardens has made provision for the possible third Covid-19 wave
KEEP IT CLEAN Averda, which has extensive medical waste treatment facilities located in City Deep Johannesburg, Klerksdorp, George and Killarney Gardens has made provision for the possible third Covid-19 wave

Kibo, IGES to develop portfolio of waste-to-energy projects in South Africa

By: Chanel de Bruyn     18th May 2021 The share price of JSE- and Aim-listed Kibo Energy rose by more than 7% and 3% on the JSE and LSE, respectively, on May 18, after the company announced that it had entered into an agreement with South Africa-based Industrial Green Solutions (IGES) to jointly develop a series of waste-to-energy... 

Creecy assures South Africa will contribute to global climate change mitigation efforts 

By: Donna Slater     14th May 2021 Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy says steps are being taken to ensure South Africa contributes its “fair share” to the global climate change mitigation effort with its newly-established Presidential Climate Change Coordinating Commission. The commission will advise... 

Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy

CoJ, Pikitup withdraw R50 recycling levy proposal

By: Schalk Burger     13th May 2021 The City of Johannesburg's (CoJ's) Environment and Infrastructure Services Department (EISD) and waste management company Pikitup have withdrawn a proposed R50 recycling levy. A number of submissions were received in opposition of the proposed levy, the CoJ said in a statement on May 13. 

Understanding, implementation of circularity needed to overcome waste crisis – panel  

By: Donna Slater     13th May 2021 Although they agreed that the concept of a circular economy was not new in South Africa, a panel of experts participating in a webinar hosted by Creamer Media this week, also agreed that more needed to be done by government to expand on the implementation of circular economy principles to produce... 

Understanding, implementation of circularity needed to overcome waste crisis – panel
Understanding, implementation of circularity needed to overcome waste crisis – panel

Economic benefits to drive adoption of circularity, says consultancy

By: Donna Slater     12th May 2021 Although the concept of a circular economy is not new, recent impetus has been added with the introduction of economic incentives, says circular economy strategy and design consultancy Circular-Vision director Sally-Anne Kasner. Speaking on the topic of understanding the circular economy in the... 

Economic benefits to drive adoption of circularity, says consultancy

EPR amendments support recycling, not reuse, says advocacy organisation

By: Schalk Burger     10th May 2021 Environmental advocacy organisation Break Free From Plastic says the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Amendments prioritise recycling schemes that have a poor record of dealing with plastic pollution instead of supporting systems to replace packaging including reuse and refill models.... 

Local e-waste skills NGO joins global recycling initiative

By: Schalk Burger     7th May 2021 Local recycling skills development nongovernmental organisation (NGO) The Appliance Bank (TAB) has partnered with global recycling initiative Sustainable Recycling Industries (SRI) in a project that aims to create economic opportunities while ensuring workable and safe solutions for the... 

Averda completes $148m refinancing, secures $30m green loan from HSBC

By: Schalk Burger     6th May 2021 Waste and recycling multinational Averda has concluded a successful refinancing of its $148-million term loan and secured a $30-million green loan from banking group HSBC to invest in circular economic activities in the emerging economy markets it serves. For a circular economy to become a... 

Makhubo says CoJ to focus on finances, good governance; proposes infrastructure drive 

By: Schalk Burger     4th May 2021 City of Johannesburg (CoJ) executive mayor Geoff Makhubo has said the administration was focusing on responding to the worrying state of Johannesburg’s finances, the collapse of good governance and the debilitating effects of Covid-19 on the economy. "We have re-committed ourselves to creating an... 

Clarity needed on potential double taxation of plastic bags under new EPR rules, says law firm

By: Schalk Burger     30th April 2021 Law firm Webber Wentzel says more clarity is needed about the impact of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) regulations on plastic bag producers, as plastic bags are already regulated under 2003 legislation, amended in 2021, and a levy was introduced in 2004. The EPR regulations apply only to... 

Growing calls for circular economy to be placed at heart of economic recovery

By: Simone Liedtke     30th April 2021 As the world moves from a state of crisis to gradual recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, there is a unique, but narrow, window of opportunity to transform the global economy and accelerate the changes that have long been delayed and are required for genuine transformation. During a keynote... 

Growing calls for circular economy to be placed at heart of economic recovery

Amendments to plastic bag regulations published for comment

By: Simone Liedtke     19th April 2021 Amendments to the Plastic Carrier Bags and Plastic Flat Bags Regulations have been gazetted by Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy on April 7, in terms of the National Environmental Management Act and the National Environmental Management: Waste Act.  The amendments... 

Circular economy a key component of South Africa’s post-Covid-19 recovery, says Creecy 

By: Simone Liedtke     16th April 2021 South Africa’s post-Covid-19 Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan includes a green economy component, of which the circular economy is a key component, to ensure environmental protection and the sustainable use of the country’s natural resources. “The plan promotes waste recycling, renewable... 

Forestry, Fisheries and Environment Minister Barbara Creecy
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Forestry, Fisheries and Environment Minister Barbara Creecy

Global survey seeks to understand how circular economy is perceived

By: Simone Liedtke     15th April 2021 The first global survey on the circular economy, which is still a relatively new paradigm which different stakeholders understand differently, will seek to understand how consumers, producers and product designers perceive the circular economy. Titled ‘Imagine Circularity’, the survey’s findings... 

Labelling of 1 000 profitable cleantech solutions includes eight local products

By: Donna Slater     13th April 2021 The Solar Impulse Foundation has officially reached the goal of assigning the Efficient Solutions Label to 1 000 profitable cleantech solutions from around the world and the list includes eight South African solutions, reports economically viable green economy solutions nonprofit organisation... 

AECI, Origin Materials expands existing environment-friendly partnership

By: Simone Liedtke     7th April 2021 JSE-listed chemicals group AECI and sustainable materials-focused company Origin Materials have expanded their existing joint agreement to develop low-carbon materials based on renewable chemistry. AECI has been a strategic investor in Origin Materials since 2017. 

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