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Recycling & Waste Management News

Deloitte to boost sustainability, climate capabilities in Africa to support clients' ESG

By: Schalk Burger     4th July 2022 Audit, assurance and risk advisory consultancy Deloitte will invest in its sustainability and climate capabilities in terms of talent and its take-to-market solution offerings to support its clients along their environmental, social and governance (ESG) journeys and as part of its continued... 

New waterjet machine bought

By: Halima Frost     24th June 2022 To meet growing demand for specialised cutting services, waterjet cutting specialist Aquajet has procured a new precision waterjet machine from jet machining manufacturer Omax to complement its three existing Omax machines. “The machine is part of our ambitious expansion, which aims to increase... 

A brand-new front desk with metal lettering in blue and grey that say Aquajet, which was cut using an Omax waterjet cutter
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BIGGER BETTER The larger premises and addition of new machines will increase productivity output for Aquajet

GreenCape’s 2022 green economy market intelligence reports outline opportunities

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th June 2022 This year’s editions of nonprofit organisation GreenCape’s yearly green economy market intelligence reports (MIRs) have been made available. The reports were officially launched on June 7 by Western Cape Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities Mireille Wenger and Western Cape Minister of... 

PPC to embrace alternative building technologies

By: Darren Parker     8th June 2022 Cement producer PPC has taken the strategic decision to embrace alternative building technologies rather than oppose them, PPC South Africa MD Njombu Lekula has said. Speaking at the Smart African Cities Summit held in Midrand on June 8, he said the company had set up a new department to... 

Coca-Cola Beverages Africa opens new $100m Ethiopia bottling plant

By: Schalk Burger     2nd June 2022 Beverages multinational Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) says its new $100-million bottling plant at Sebeta, in Ethiopia, will unlock export opportunities, increase local production and ease foreign exchange constraints. The company also added 500 employees to its workforce in the country. 

Project Up recyclate recordkeeping system bears fruit for whole recycling sector

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd June 2022 Polyethylene Terephthalate Recycling Company (Petco) has announced the findings of a pilot project – Project Up, which uses blockchain to digitise and record transactions of recyclable materials between waste pickers and buy-back centres. Project Up uses BanQu blockchain technology to build a... 

Plastic waste

AfDB launches dedicated circular economy fund

By: Schalk Burger     1st June 2022 Development finance institution the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has launched the Africa Circular Economy Facility – its first dedicated fund to support circular economy innovations and policy frameworks. The facility will focus on three strategic areas, namely institutional capacity... 

SANEDI celebrates more efficient waste-to-energy system design

By: Schalk Burger     30th May 2022 The South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) has, ahead of World Environment Day on June 5, announced the finalisation of a concept design for an efficient and sustainable waste-to-energy technology. SANEDI had commissioned the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa)... 

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Severe global battery shortage likely post 2025, GlobalData forecasts

By: Schalk Burger     25th May 2022 Extraction of raw materials will not meet soaring battery demand unless capital markets change course in the face of environmental, social and governance pressures and invest heavily in new mines, says business data and analytics company GlobalData in its 'Batteries – Thematic Research' report.... 

Enviro dept provides vehicles to 20 municipalities for integrated waste management

By: Schalk Burger     23rd May 2022 The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) has provided 24 vehicles to 20 municipalities across the country, at a cost of R44.5-million, to highlight and raise awareness on the amendments to the Municipal Infrastructure Grant policy and to improve waste management in... 

Conference to deliberate on ways to tackle Africa’s plastic pollution challenge

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th May 2022 If countries are to avoid drowning in a sea of plastic waste, and unlock benefits of proper waste management, there needs to be an urgent and comprehensive systems response by governments, business, sustainability exports and civil society, says Sustainable Seas Trust’s African Marine Waste... 


Efficient trucks added to fleet

By: Halima Frost     13th May 2022 Heavy lifting and rigging specialist Lovemore Bros added four new trucks from global truck manufacturer Volvo to its heavy lifting and materials handling fleet. Lovemore Bros heavy rigging manager Shane Hawyes says the benefit of the acquisition is threefold. 

A condenser lift using a hydraulic gantry at a heavy lift job in South Africa
CONDENSED POWER A condenser lift supplied by Lovemore Bros using its hydraulic gantry

New infrastructure vulnerable to climate change owing to mismanagement, corruption

By: Darren Parker     10th May 2022 New infrastructure was just as vulnerable to climate change as ageing infrastructure, said South African Local Government Association (Salga) senior climate change adviser Slindile Maphumulo on May 10. She explained that, while ageing infrastructure was vulnerable to being damaged or destroyed... 

Flood damage to roads in KZN

Actuator can contribute to growth of auto sector

By: Tracy Hancock     6th May 2022 The Parker Water Retract Actuator (WRA250) can help the welding cell become an important contributor to the plant-wide adoption of lean best practices that support the goals of the South African Automotive Masterplan, says motion and control technologies specialist Parker Hannifin Motion Systems... 

The WRA250 was reintroduced to the South African automotive market in March this year
WATER RETRACT ACTUATOR The WRA250 was reintroduced to the South African automotive market in March this year

Local sanitation industry development funding, incentives needed

By: Tracy Hancock     29th April 2022 Industry development funding and incentives by government for local manufacturers at the forefront of next-generation sanitation products, such as NEWgenerator sanitation system manufacturer WEC Projects, will help achieve the scale needed to alleviate pressure on South Africa’s failing sewage... 

The NEWgenerator sanitation system provides effective sewage treatment where infrastructure is lacking
CATERING TO REMOTE COMMUNITIES The NEWgenerator sanitation system provides effective sewage treatment where infrastructure is lacking

Privately run Cape Town wastewater plants in good nick

By: Tracy Hancock     29th April 2022 To improve the operating efficiency of its wastewater treatment works (WWTWs), South Africa needs to increase the number of plants operated by private companies, such as the Zandvliet WWTW in Cape Town, global water technology company Grundfos Cape Town branch manager Hennie Hanekom tells... 

Wastewater treatment works operators need to be open to adopting new technology
KEEP ON TRACK Wastewater treatment works operators need to be open to adopting new technology

As world celebrates glass, SA industry seeks to up circular-economy game

By: Schalk Burger     29th April 2022 Glass manufacturers in South Africa are working to improve the energy efficiency of their products, including by using more energy efficient equipment and furnaces, improving the efficiency of the products through design, and making supply chains more efficient. The United Nations (UN) General... 

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Rethink of local waterborne sewage system unavoidable

By: Tracy Hancock     29th April 2022 As a water-scarce country, a rethink of South Africa’s waterborne sewage system is inevitable, owing to the threat of climate change, with the country’s overall water security partially hinging on its sanitation security. This is according to South Africa’s premier water knowledge hub, the Water... 

QUALITY CONTROL The Water Research Commission is working with several sanitation industry stakeholders to develop a mark scheme that would allow for local ISO 30500 accreditation and certification
QUALITY CONTROL The Water Research Commission is working with several sanitation industry stakeholders to develop a mark scheme that would allow for local ISO 30500 accreditation and certification

Lifting project comes to a close

By: Halima Frost     29th April 2022 Heavy lifting and rigging specialist Lovemore Bros has successfully concluded a longstanding contract with a global pulp and paper company based in South Africa. The contract, initially signed in February 2019, commenced in May 2019 and concluded in February 2022. 

A night time photo of a large truck mounter crawler crane, lifting boiler plant elements for the refurbishment of a boiler plant at a paper mill in  South Africa
HOT N HEAVY The heavier elements of the boiler refurbishment were undertaken by Lovemore Bros

Bootlegger Coffee turning its food waste to compost that customers can buy

By: Schalk Burger     21st April 2022 South African coffeehouse Bootlegger Coffee has partnered with food waste management specialist company Ywaste to turn its waste into compost, using an eco-friendly method for the management of food waste through off-site composting. “Now our customers can up their eco-friendly street credibility... 

Bootlegger Coffee co-founder and director Pieter Bloem with Ywaste owner Emile Fourie
Bootlegger Coffee co-founder and director Pieter Bloem with Ywaste owner Emile Fourie

Thirty semi-finalists announced for Afri-Plastics Challenge to reduce marine plastics

By: Schalk Burger     20th April 2022 Thirty semi-finalists have been announced for the Promoting Change strand of the Afri-Plastics Challenge that aims to reduce marine plastics in sub-Saharan African countries by developing and scaling innovative solutions to plastic mismanagement, innovation foundation Nesta Challenges says. The... 

GreenCape selects ten finalists for its GreenPitch challenge

By: Schalk Burger     19th April 2022 Climate change adaptation and green economy nonprofit GreenCape has selected ten finalists for the 2022 GreenPitch Challenge. The ten green economy innovators will prepare to pitch their innovations to a panel of judges on May 5, at an event hosted by GreenCape in partnership with the City of... 

Heineken showcases its water reclamation plant 

13th April 2022 Beermaker Heineken has built a water reclamation plant at its Sedibeng Brewery, in the Midvaal, investing in technology to reclaim and recycle the water used in its production processes and reduce the amount of water it sources from the municipality. Natasha Odendaal has the story. 

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Heineken showcases its water reclamation plant

Extrupet doubles food-grade recycling with new R300m facility

By: Schalk Burger     4th April 2022 Plastics recycler Extrupet has announced an expansion of its food-grade plastic recycling operations in South Africa to more than 60 000 t/y. “Extrupet will double our food-grade operations by adding a fourth food-grade recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) facility, which will increase our... 

Local paper recycling has room to grow – association

By: Cameron Mackay     1st April 2022 Despite the local recycling rate of 70% being above the global paper recycling rate of 59.1%, South Africa can still improve in its treatment of paper waste, states industry body the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) executive director Jane Molony. Through Pamsa’s paper... 

Image of bales of recovered paper from Sappi
Photo by Sappi
STRONG BASE TO BUILD FROM South Africa average paper recovery rate of 70% makes paper the second-most recovered material in the country

Sequestration crucial for local forestry, paper industries

By: Cameron Mackay     1st April 2022 Industry body Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) executive director Jane Molony highlights that in the National Treasury’s Budget Review in February, sequestration was recognised to include carbon sequestered in the forest, and carbon stored in harvested wood products, such... 

An image of Mondi's wetland conservation in South Africa
FIBRE-BASED SOLUTIONS A key mitigation measure in local industry is to replace fossil fuels used at the mills with biofuels such as tree biomass residues from plantations

Municipality invests in jetting and vacuum truck

25th March 2022 To improve sewerage and stormwater infrastructure maintenance, Govan Mbeki municipality in Mpumalanga has invested in a new local pump manufacturer Werner Pumps combination jetting and vacuuming truck.   

A large truck with a combination jetting and vacuuming capability in front of a group of staff and dignitaries at the hand over of the truck
HAND OVER The Govan Mbeki Municipality and its staff attend the official hand over of a Werner Pumps combination jetting and vacuuming truck

Pump manufacturer increases footprint with acquisition

25th March 2022 Heavy-duty slurry pump manufacturer Schurco Slurry announced in the last quarter of 2021 that it had acquired local pump and part manufacturer Keto Pumps South Africa to broaden its footprint in serving the global mining industry as well as other slurry pump users around the world.  The purchase... 

A Green Schurco slurry pump
SLURRY FLURRY International slurry pump manufacturer Schurco has increased its global footprint by acquiring South African slurry pump manufacturer Keto Pumps

Pump system showcased at expo

25th March 2022 International pumps and compressors designer and manufacturer Sundyne showcased its SundWASH high pressure wash-down systems for food and beverage applications at the International Production & Processing Expo held at the Georgia World Congress Center, in Atlanta, from January 25 to 27.  SundWASH... 

A SundWASH high pressure wash-down systems for food and beverage applications
NO WASH-OUT The high pressure wash-down system designed by Sundyne was on show at this years International Production & Processing Expo held at the Georgia World Congress Center, in Atlanta US

Pumps range being tested on grey water system

By: Halima Frost     25th March 2022 Pumps and irrigation supplier Stewarts & Lloyds has been exploring the use of their Salflo submersible dewatering pumps, namely the S and V series submersible pumps, in grey water systems for home, industrial and agricultural applications. The supplier’s Salfo range of submersible pumps would... 

Various green water tanks lined up inside a parking lot with flags waving behind at the Syewarts & Lloyds assembly plant
GREEN TO GREY The Stewarts & Lloyds grey water system allows homes and companies contribute to the environment by harvesting grey water

Pumps supplier offers solution to municipal woes

25th March 2022 Local pumps manufacturer Werner Pumps is poised to assist with service delivery solutions for wastewater and sewerage system maintenance and repairs, says Werner Pumps MD Sebastian Werner. He attributes this “call to action” to an increased focus on service delivery which has been brought to the... 

Municipality workers using a high pressure pumping unit to clean out sewers and drains to maintain municipal infrastructure
DOWN THE DRAIN The need to maintain or improve on service delivery can be met with Werner Pups offerings

Internationally available pump comes to S Africa

By: Halima Frost     25th March 2022 The South African division of global manufacturer KSB Pumps and Valves this year announced the introduction of its KSB Delta Macro series to the local market. The series is designed for large flow rates, with a maximum rate per unit of about 960 m3/h and a maximum pump head of 160 m standard. 

6 in line pressure booster systems augmented by Movitec centrifugal pumps and a Command Pro+ microprocessor control unit
NO PRESSURE The ready to connect Delta Macro water pressure booster system is now available to the South African Market

Vesconite pump parts decrease lead leaching

25th March 2022 As part of its drive to be part of a global programme to reduce lead exposure from drinking water, polymer bushing manufacturer Vesconite Bearings produces products resistant to corrosion-combatting chemicals, which are necessary to reduce lead leaching into the water system. Notably the company... 

A white round bearing part for a pump made out of specialised material called vesconite
LEADING LEAD REMOVAL Vesonite is a notable substitute for bearing materials that would normally contain lead

Unido, EIB enhance cooperation to promote sustainable industrial development

By: Schalk Burger     24th March 2022 The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (Unido) and development finance institution the European Investment Bank (EIB) have signed a joint declaration to enhance cooperation related to investment operations in the field of private sector development, with a particular focus on... 

SAB, Corona partner with Ramtsilo to produce bricks from plastic waste

By: Schalk Burger     18th March 2022 Beverage makers South African Breweries (SAB) and Corona are launching a partnership with local recycled materials company Ramtsilo to strengthen the local plastic recycling chain and achieve a net-zero plastic footprint locally in South Africa. With this long-term partnership with Ramtsilo, the... 

The bricks made from plastic

Water reuse can protect resources

18th March 2022 Ahead of World Water Day on March 22, water treatment specialist Veolia Services Southern Africa prompts government and local municipalities to consider the implementation of water reuse solutions, to protect both freshwater and groundwater resources. There is a growing necessity for these... 

Maintenance can reduce water pollution

By: Nadine Ramdass     18th March 2022 The “callous waste and pollution of water” should be given more attention, and the necessary steps to prevent that, such as the maintenance of pipelines, should be prioritised, says Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) CEO Jan Venter. South Africa is a water-scarce... 

An image of pipe reaming
PIPEWORK Plastic pipes have lower failure rates, less corrosion and fewer joint leaks
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