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Recycling & Waste Management News

Local furnace builder playing its part in global urban mining

By: Darren Parker     27th January 2022 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is supporting recycling and the circular economy by supplying specialist critical components for pyrometallurgical smelting in furnaces designed for reclaiming rare metals. Reclaiming rare metals from waste – called urban mining – involves extracting... 

Agreement inked to develop hydrogen recycling of end-of-life wind turbine magnets

By: Donna Slater     25th January 2022 Magnet metal and rare earths miner Pensana has signed a cooperation agreement with oil, gas and wind power company Equinor, forming a working group to share technical and commercial information to develop a low-energy method for recycling end-of-life magnets at Pensana’s rare earths hub in the... 

More information, education important for consumers to support circular economy

By: Schalk Burger     21st January 2022 Consumer knowledge of the circular economy is growing and their attitude towards it is generally positive, but trust in companies requires strengthening and more innovation and legislation is needed to drive increased engagement and action, shows a survey by business assurance and risk management... 

Coca-Cola, partners launch new sustainability platform to build on past successes 

By: Donna Slater     14th January 2022 Beverage manufacturer Coca-Cola’s Africa Operating Unit (AOU) and its bottling partners have launched an Africa-focused sustainability platform – Jamii, which houses Coca-Cola AOU’s existing and new sustainability initiatives to improve water use, empower women and better manage waste streams.... 

An image of Coca-Cola Africa sustainability director Dorcas Onyango
Coca-Cola Africa launches new sustainability platform – Jamii

Mondi sets net zero by 2050 goal

By: Donna Slater     11th January 2022 Packaging and paper manufacturer Mondi says it is accelerating its plans to reduce its carbon emissions by committing to transition to net zero by 2050. The group plans to expand on almost two decades of such progress, including a 45% reduction in specific greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions against... 

Effective circular waste management important to maintain healthy air, study shows

By: Schalk Burger     11th January 2022 A study by research institute the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) shows that circular waste management systems can help to effectively curb emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants, although the waste sector is often neglected in discussions about climate... 

SA Plastics Pact an effective platform for value chain collaboration

By: Schalk Burger     15th December 2021 The South African Plastics Pact sets aspirational targets for the value chain to meet by 2025, and businesses, government, producer responsibility organisations, nongovernmental organisations and retailers are collaborating and developing solutions to ensure plastics are eliminated, reused or... 

Manufacturers key to redesigning products for a circular economy - Averda

By: Schalk Burger     10th December 2021 While international climate agreements and local initiatives, such as the updated National Waste Management Strategy, help to spur businesses to pursue zero emissions and waste to the environment, 45% of global greenhouse-gas emissions are generated by the way people make and use products, says... 

Afri-Plastics Challenge kicks into third gear

By: Donna Slater     8th December 2021 The final strand of the Afri-Plastics Challenge, called Promoting Change and delivered by London-based innovation foundation Nesta Challenges, will begin accepting applications from December 8. This marks the last leg of the challenge after Strand 1: Accelerating Growth and Strand 2: Creating... 

Eskom power transition lacking energy, says LTM Energy CEO

By: Tracy Hancock     2nd December 2021 State-owned power utility Eskom, South Africa’s largest emitter of greenhouse gasses, is not adapting to change fast enough, as the world races to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 by adopting greener energy solutions, says local energy services company LTM Energy CEO Dhevan Pillay. South... 

LTM Energy CEO Dhevan Pillay
LTM Energy CEO Dhevan Pillay

SA Plastics Pact publishes baseline report to drive innovation to 2025 targets

By: Schalk Burger     22nd November 2021 The South African Plastics Pact, which aims to have 100% of plastic packaging be reusable, recyclable or compostable, 70% of plastic packaging be effectively recycled and a 30% minimum average recycled content across all plastic packaging by 2025, as well as take action against problematic and... 

Nestlé successfully pilots AI-driven technology to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, recycle wastewater

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th November 2021 Food and beverage manufacturer Nestlé East and Southern Africa Region (ESAR) has piloted an industrial-scale, artificial intelligence- (AI-) driven plant that reduces carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and recycles wastewater from production processes at its Babelegi Industrial Park, in Hammanskraal.... 

Afri-Plastics Challenge names 30 semi-finalists for Accelerating Growth

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th November 2021 Innovation foundation Nesta Challenges has announced the semi-finalists of Accelerating Growth, the first strand of the Afri-Plastics Challenge. The prize aims to reduce marine plastics in Sub-Saharan African countries by developing and scaling innovative solutions to plastic mismanagement. 

Nigerian lecturer awarded Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer research grant

By: Schalk Burger     9th November 2021 The $150 000 Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer (JWO) Research Grant has been awarded to Nigeria Federal University of Technology Akure (Futa) department of chemistry lecturer and researcher Dr Gideon Idowu, whose research helps policymakers and communities gain a better understanding of the effects of... 

City of Joburg gets ready to realise waste-to-energy projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th November 2021 The City of Johannesburg is considering waste-to-power projects to generate electricity, particularly in times of load-shedding. Environment and Infrastructures Services deputy director Mvuselelo Mathebula mentions in a press statement that key projects have been lined up to divert waste from... 

Drive to build a better world now being adopted in legislation, corporate strategies

By: Simone Liedtke     27th October 2021 There is a need to enhance resource efficiency and increase recycling and the sustainable production of resources, all while limiting the impact of these activities on the environment and reduce waste, says industry association the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA) legal, regulatory... 

Company first stainless steel producer to earn certification

22nd October 2021 Stainless steel producer Aperam’s Stainless Europe operations in September were successfully certified to be operating at the ResponsibleSteel Standard by independent auditors the Association Française de Normalisation (AFNOR). The ResponsibleSteel initiative is the first global sustainability... 

While metals help ‘greenify’ industry, the industry itself needs cleaning up

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th October 2021 While global carbon dioxide emissions fell by 5.8% in 2020 owing to Covid-19 lockdowns globally and therefore lower energy demand, Dutch multinational banking corporation ING says it is only a matter of time before they hit record highs again. International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that... 

Petco rolls out track and trace platform for recyclers, waste pickers

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th October 2021 The South African Polyethylene Terephthalate Recycling Company (Petco) is driving the rollout of technology called BanQu to recycling buyback centres, in an effort to revolutionise how recyclable materials are traded, tracked and traced. The digital platform will help buyback centres accurately... 

Melody Nyamakura, who works at the Main Buy-Back Centre in the Johannesburg CBD, shows how the centre uses the innovative recycling tracking platform, BanQu.
Melody Nyamakura, who works at the main buyback centre in the Johannesburg central business district, shows how the centre uses the innovative recycling tracking platform, BanQu.

DFFE announces R29m waste management intervention for Mangaung

By: Schalk Burger     15th October 2021 The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) on October 15 announced a R29-million waste management intervention for the Mangaung metro municipality, in the Free State.  Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment deputy Minister Makhotso Sotyu attributed the waste management... 

Waste recycling, beneficiation and waste-to-energy could create 150 000 jobs by 2024

By: Schalk Burger     13th October 2021 The 2020 National Waste Management Strategy (NWMS) posits that increased recycling and beneficiation of waste can act as a catalyst and contributor to the circular economy with the potential to create up to 150 000 new jobs by 2024, the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE)... 

Afri-Plastics second challenge calls for innovators to reduce, eliminate plastic use in sub-Saharan Africa

By: Schalk Burger     6th October 2021 The second Afri-Plastics Challenge initiative, called Creating Solutions, calls for applications from individuals and organisations with new or early-stage ideas to reduce or eliminate plastic use across sub-Saharan Africa. For the Creating Solutions challenge, 25 finalists and three winners will... 

Significant untapped potential in local waste economy

By: Darren Parker     24th September 2021 The current contribution of the waste economy to South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) could significantly increase if the importance of implementing the waste management hierarchy is fully recognised, says waste management company Interwaste human resources and transformation director... 

A photo of two informal waste reclaimers walking along the road dragging trolleys laden with recyclable waste
Photo by Reuters
UNDERVALUED Informal waste reclaimers perform a much-needed recycling service in South Africa with little support or appreciation

Programme expands into other provinces

By: Darren Parker     24th September 2021 National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa’s (NCPC-SA’s) Industrial Symbiosis Programme (ISP) is on track to be launched in the Eastern Cape and the Free State before the end of the year, says NCPC-SA national programme manager Victor Manavhela. “We are to conclude feasibility studies in... 

A photo of plastic dustbins in the background, which are made from recycled waste plastic and rubber in bags shown in the foreground
REPURPOSED Where one company sees waste, another might see a valuable resource

Pressure on municipalities key to recycle culture

By: Darren Parker     24th September 2021 The quality of waste management in South Africa is improving, but citizens need to continue putting pressure on municipalities and their respective communities – especially in rural areas – to treat waste as a valuable resource that creates employment if collected and recycled. “That’s the only... 

  	A photo of Plastics SA sustainability director Douw Steyn and Clean Surf Project member Smphiwe Shozi picking up litter on a beach
DOUW STEYN AND SMPHIWE SHOZI Plastics SA coordinated South Africa’s participation in the International Coastal Clean-Up Day

Rubble recycling not seen as economically viable

By: Darren Parker     24th September 2021 The recycling of construction and demolition materials in South Africa is behind the global curve, partly because it is generally not viewed as economically viable by the vast majority of local companies operating in the sector, claims crushing and screening equipment supplier Pilot Crushtec... 

A photo of Pilot Crushtec Africa sales manager Fernando Abelho
FERNANDO ABELHO A lack of enforcement means much construction and demolition waste is not suitable for recycling into general aggregate

iREREP to have 30-year lead time, private sector to be responsible for technical and financing aspects 

By: Donna Slater     20th September 2021 The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) launched its Integrated Renewable Energy and Resource Efficiency Programme (iREREP) by opening its request for information (RFI) on September 20, saying its 30-year lead time is aligned with government’s National Infrastructure Plan 2050... 

Association releases new training manual

By: Halima Frost     17th September 2021 Last month, South African Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association (Saracca) released its updated training manual, which will be implemented, from this month onwards, by heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC-R) training providers throughout South Africa.... 

Metal pipes of a correctly installed pipe system for the HVACR system
HOW TO... The association has released a new installation manual which will be used by training providers form this month

Refrigeration system to cut energy costs available

By: Halima Frost     17th September 2021 With South African retailers looking for ways of recovering from the latest lockdown, as well as the looting and vandalism, an opportunity to decrease costs on the system that comprises the bulk of their energy spend, which is refrigeration, has arisen. “All food retailers rely on refrigeration... 

A large solar installation on a clients roof installed by EP Refrigeration, which is grid-tied and decreases the clients reliance on grid power
LIGHT WORK Adding a solar installation to a company's refrigeration unit deceases the cost of running the unit off grid power alone

Global citrus demand increases refrigeration demand

By: Halima Frost     17th September 2021 A global increase in demand for South African-grown citrus, as well as more export regulations, has resulted in a substantial increase in demand for refrigeration capacity, says local refrigeration manufacturer EP Refrigeration business development head Dawie Kriel. “We not only need to add... 

A roof top refrigeration system installed by EP Refrigeration at a produce packing house
FRUITFUL SERVICES An increased need for refrigerated storage and transport capacity in the citrus sector is being addressed by EP Refrigeration

Polyco launches municipal-focused recycling strategy

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2021 Producer responsibility organisation (PRO) for the plastic industry Polyco is launching a municipal-focused recycling strategy, aimed at drastically improving the country’s recycling rates. To implement this “first of its kind” strategy, Polyco on September 15 said it would work with... 

SA Plastics Pact publishes first list of problematic, unnecessary plastics to be phased out 

By: Simone Liedtke     9th September 2021 The South African (SA) Plastics Pact members have published a first list of problematic or unnecessary plastics for phasing out this year and next. The SA Plastics Pact is a collaborative pre-competitive initiative that brings together key stakeholders from the local plastics value chain,... 

Polymer plastic waste management among the challenges facing African recyclers

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd September 2021 Waste management is one of the biggest challenges faced by the African recycled polymer supply chain and the continent’s waste management challenges urgently need to be dealt with, says Independent Commodity Intelligence Servcies (ICIS) plastic recycling analyst Carolina Holland. In an insight... 

Environmental organisations concerned about government no-show at plastics treaty meeting

By: Donna Slater     2nd September 2021 Environment advocacy organisations Greenpeace Africa, groundWork and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) have expressed deep concerns that the South African government did not participate in a Ministerial meeting on a proposed global plastics treaty held this month. This shows, the... 

RMB launches ESG-risk-measuring platforms to support sustainable investing

By: Donna Slater     2nd September 2021 Financial services provider Rand Merchant Bank (RMB), a division of FirstRand Bank, has launched environmental, social and governance- (ESG-) measuring platforms – ESGo! and ESGNow. The platforms are envisaged to drive sustainable finance by offering client interfaces that enable more informed... 

Litter spills onto Cape Town beach as heavy rain causes breach at old landfill site

By: News24Wire      31st August 2021 Heavy rain over the weekend has caused dunes at a decommissioned landfill site to shift, spilling litter onto the beach at Witsand in Cape Town. City of Cape Town Mayco Member for Water and Waste Xanthea Limberg said the recent heavy rainfall caused the mobile dunes, which covered the waste, to... 

Polyco now a ‘one stop shop’ for collection, recycling of polymer plastics

By: Simone Liedtke     27th August 2021 In response to recently introduced waste management regulations, the Polyolefin Responsibility Organisation (Polyco) has decided to broaden its focus to all plastic types under extended producer responsibility (EPR) regulations. This decision has been made to increase its support to producers to... 

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