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Nampak records solid interim results  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th May 2021 Packaging company Nampak recorded “very pleasing” results for the six months ended March 31, despite the ongoing restrictions on trading caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, CEO Erik Smuts said at a presentation of the company’s interim results on May 28. Overall group profitability improved, driven... 

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... 

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... 

Tetra Pak says EPR regulations will see greater industry collaboration

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th May 2021 Packaging company Tetra Pak South Africa (SA) has welcomed the Section 18 regulations relating to extended producer responsibility (EPR) in the National Environmental Management: Waste Act. Existing producers can register with the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, before... 

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... 

Colgate launches recyclable toothpaste tube in South Africa

By: Donna Slater     22nd April 2021 Dental product manufacturer Colgate on April 22 launched its recyclable toothpaste tube in South Africa to coincide with Earth Day. Made from number two high-density polyethylene (HDPE), the new tubes will contain one of three Colgate Naturals toothpaste, including its charcoal, hemp seed oil... 

Manufacturing firm benefits from DTIC's designation of laptop bags

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th April 2021 Tongaat-based manufacturing firm Protea Leather Natal has grown, diversified and become more efficient since its first application to the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition’s (DTIC’s) Production Incentive Programme (PIP) grants in 2011. The company recently won the National Student... 

AECI sets 2025 sustainability targets 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th March 2021 Chemicals group AECI has set itself six group-specific sustainability targets for 2025, as shared in the company’s first-ever sustainability report published on March 26. The sustainability report includes a sustainability framework with ten overarching goals for “a better world” in the areas... 

Combined effort required to slow plastic leakage into the environment – WWF

By: Donna Slater     25th March 2021 Tackling the ever growing issue of plastic pollution will require the collective effort of everyone in the plastics value chain, from manufacturers of raw materials that go into plastics, to the end consumers and recyclers, says World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Circular Plastics Economy project... 

Coca-Cola, BanQu launch payment platform for informal waste reclaimers, boosting bankability

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th March 2021 In recognition of Global Recycling Day on March 18, beverage company Coca-Cola South Africa and blockchain-based supply chain and economic  passport platform BanQu are rolling out a payment platform to financially empower informal waste reclaimers and buyback centres in a boost to the local... 

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