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Waste Management and Recycling

Waste industry can mitigate unemployment

By: Bridget Lepere     6th October 2023 South Africa needs more companies to implement effective waste management systems and principles in their value chains to effect a more circular economy. The country needs a focus on waste beneficiation, looking beyond to products’ next life and the viable use of recycled resources, states green... 

EPR regulations positive for waste reduction

By: Bridget Lepere     6th October 2023 The amended Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) regulations, instituted in November 2020, require product importers and manufacturers in the packaging industry to contribute towards the recycling of product packaging, which has had a significant impact on waste production, says Zero Waste... 

Image of a backhoe loader loading organic waste
DUMP DIVING The Western Cape government implemented a regulation in 2022 to divert organic waste out of landfills by imposing a 50% ban on organic waste dumping to landfills in preparation for a 100% ban in 2027

Lax regulation poses threat to S Africa’s e-waste initiatives

By: Bridget Lepere     6th October 2023 The producer responsibility organisation (PRO) Circular Energy is taking a strong stance concerning the rise in illegal electronic-waste (e-waste) dumping and calls on government, industries and consumers to collaborate to eradicate illegal e-waste dumping. E-waste comprises mostly of electrical... 

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PATRICIA SCHRÖDER Individuals should take responsibility for their small electronic devices and embrace sustainable disposal practices

Clean-up & Recycling SA week proves successful

6th October 2023 Industry association representing the South African plastics industry Plastics SA is proud to report that the 2023 Clean-Up & Recycling SA Week was "once again, a huge success". Platsics SA sustainability director Douw Steyn notes that the yearly event, which took place from September 11 to 16,... 

Recycling economy initiatives create value

By: Bridget Lepere     6th October 2023 Although South Africa is leading the African continent in terms of waste management and recycling, the unauthorised disposal of waste and littering is still rampant, says Zero Waste operations director Hein Fourie, adding that this has led to lower-income groups becoming waste pickers to sort... 

Tackling S Africa’s plastic waste crisis through art

6th October 2023 Researchers from the University of Portsmouth’s Revolution Plastics team and the Mpumalanga Department of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environmental Affairs partnered with UK-based charity WasteAid to pioneer the Masibambisane pilot study to divert 7 t of plastic waste, changing behaviours... 

Association revamps to improve services

By: Halima Frost     30th September 2022 The Southern African Biogas Industry Association (Sabia) will introduce its updated business plan and path to reach its 2030 goals at its ‘Vision 2030 – building a sustainable Southern African biogas market’ round table next month. Hosted by Sabia, it will include a discussion by representatives... 

A large domed biogas digester with a flute burning flare for heat at the plant
BURNING TOPIC The development of South Africa's biogas industry will be addressed at a round table discussion hosted by Sabia next month

Prototype waste-to-fuel pilot plant designed

By: Halima Frost     30th September 2022 In its drive to become a leading global supplier of green value from waste solutions, local waste solutions provider Explorius has designed its first coal fines and waste-to-fuel pilot plant for the manufacture of briquettes and pellets from waste generated during industrial processes. The pilot... 

Contamination at source affecting recycling   

By: Halima Frost     30th September 2022 A substantial portion of plastic waste is not recycled and ends up in landfills, contributing greatly to plastics being regarded as the biggest environmental threat, says industry body Plastics SA executive director Anton Hanekom. Forty-three percent of recyclable plastic waste in South Africa... 

A group of Bricks baled together made out of cement and polystyrene which makes them more cost effective, lightweight and insulated
Plastics SA executive director Anton Hanekom discusses the circular economy and how plastic must maintain its position in it instead of in the environment

Circular economy uptake addressed

By: Halima Frost     30th September 2022 The need for and uptake of the circular economy mindset by larger organisations locally and globally was addressed during a webinar hosted by the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) last month. The webinar, titled ESGS Webinar: Circular economy: Opportunities and Benefits,... 

A man wearing protective gloves holding a handful of shredded tires which have been broken down for recycling at the Unki Mine in Zaimbabwe owned by Anglo American Platinum
GETTING TIREDThe world does not have enough resources to cater to the growing population, forcing companies to take up the circular economy

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... 

A photo of a Thos Begbie smelter component
SPECIALISED APPLICATIONS Owing to the complexity of extracting so many different metals, the design of smelters for e-waste processing is more complex than usual

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

IS programme gaining momentum

By: Tracy Hancock     25th September 2020 The Industrial Symbiosis (IS) programme of the National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA), a division of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, will play a significant role in helping the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) meet South Africa’s... 

RECYCLING REWARDS Esilthuli Plastic Recycling is growing its production of recycled plastic products, creating jobs through its involvement in the Industrial Symbiosis programme
RECYCLING REWARDS Esilthuli Plastic Recycling is growing its production of recycled plastic products, creating jobs through its involvement in the Industrial Symbiosis programme

FMSA Waste Management & Recycling

25th September 2020 FMSA Waste Management & Recycling provides a holistic waste collection solution, consolidating various waste management disciplines into a single complete, sustainable and environment-friendly offering.  With its One Solution turnkey approach, FMSA focusses on providing a zero-cost waste... 

FMSA Waste Management & Recycling

Industry appeals to country to separate paper products for recycling

25th September 2020 An interesting development as a result of Covid-19, lockdown and the slowed economy has been reduced availability of used white paper and secondary packaging such as cardboard boxes and newspapers. This is according to South African paper recycling association RecyclePaperZA. 

RECYCLING TRENDS
South Africa’s paper recovery rate for last year is at 68.5% with 1.2-million tonnes of recyclable paper products diverted from landfill
RECYCLING TRENDS South Africa’s paper recovery rate for last year is at 68.5% with 1.2-million tonnes of recyclable paper products diverted from landfill

Industry body submits plastic-waste guidelines to govt

By: Tracy Hancock     25th September 2020 South African plastics industry representative Plastics SA along with industry body Packaging SA and producer responsibility organisations (PROs) of various packaging waste streams submitted guidelines to government last month following the publication of draft Extended Producer Responsibility... 

PLASTIC STATS
In 2018, 46.3% of all plastics placed on the market was collected for recycling in South Africa, with 352 000 t of plastics recycled
PLASTIC STATS In 2018, 46.3% of all plastics placed on the market was collected for recycling in South Africa, with 352 000 t of plastics recycled

South Africa should ramp up e-waste recycling

By: Tracy Hancock     25th September 2020 The level of e-waste recycling in South Africa is extremely low. While 6 kg/y to 7 kg/y of e-waste is generated for every South African citizen only 360 000 t/y of e-waste is placed on the market. Only 7% to 12% of the total volume is being recycled formally. This percentage could be doubled when... 

REUSING RESOURCES
With up to 99% of all components that comprise information technology devices being recyclable, the world’s finite resources can be saved
REUSING RESOURCES With up to 99% of all components that comprise information technology devices being recyclable, the world’s finite resources can be saved

PRO-10 STRAPTM – South Africa’s state-of-the-art PET strapping solution

25th September 2020 Did you know that using PRO-10 STRAPTM can assist your company’s sustainability goals, while also lowering your environmental carbon footprint? PRO-10 STRAPTM is locally manufactured polyester (PET) strapping with exceptional tensile strength, tenacity and high elasticity. Used to secure unstable... 

PRO-10 STRAPTM  – South Africa’s state-of-the-art PET strapping solution

OCTOPUS ELECTRONICS

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th October 2019 Octopus Electronics offers complete pipeline solutions and trenchless innovations. As a leader in its field, Octopus Electronics offers a number of services, including distribution, repair facilities and rental agents.  The most reliable, cutting-edge, practical and technologically advanced... 

OCTOPUS ELECTRONICS

S Africa legislation bans liquid waste from landfills

27th September 2019 A massive shift in South African waste legislation took place when, effective August 23, local legislation banned all liquid waste from landfills. 

Equipment boost aids recycling entrepreneur

27th September 2019 With a desire to clean up Soweto, educate the community and combat the problem of overfull landfills, waste management company Pendowave founder and MD Gordon Nkuta has built a thriving recycling business and has now earned the support of one of the world’s largest polyethylene terephthalate... 

CLEANING UP 
A baling machine contributes to the company’s progress and profitability
CLEANING UP A baling machine contributes to the company’s progress and profitability

Partnership deploys waste recycling tech

By: Cameron Mackay     27th September 2019 Energy equipment and waste disposal solutions provider Bio-Dynamic Fuel (BDF) is focusing on partnering with food service and retail businesses to deploy the company’s waste disposal and renewable-energy solutions on a national level. The company’s technology entails converting used cooking oil... 

OIL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL
The deployment will focus on the company’s developed B-Tech 40 ℓ processor and chemical mix, which converts used cooking oil into biofuel
OIL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL The deployment will focus on the company’s developed B-Tech 40 ℓ processor and chemical mix, which converts used cooking oil into biofuel

Industry body aims for plastics recycling rise

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     27th September 2019 Having recycled 46.3% of plastic waste last year, plastics industry association Plastics SA aims to recycle 48% of plastic waste by the end of this year, despite economic challenges. 

BRIGHTER FUTURE
Plastic SA wants to prevent plastic waste from ending up in the environment
BRIGHTER FUTURE Plastic SA wants to prevent plastic waste from ending up in the environment

Upcycling initiative creates employment opportunities

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     27th September 2019 Through research, innovation, skills development and corporate contribution, carbon tax training and consulting services expert 5inc is well placed to create jobs and skills development opportunities through projects based on waste collection and upcycling. 

YASMINE MIEMIEC
5inc turns corporate waste into new and reusable products
YASMINE MIEMIEC 5inc turns corporate waste into new and reusable products

Waste management a concern for S Africa

27th September 2019 “South Africa is a leader in waste management in Southern Africa, however, when considering waste management throughout the life cycle, South Africa is about 20 to 30 years behind European countries and other developed countries,” says Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA)... 

Industrial symbiosis makes Vision 2030 viable

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     27th September 2019 The National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA), a division of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, tells Engineering News that its industrial symbiosis programme is a great contributor to the initiative to achieve zero waste to landfill by 2030 in South Africa. 

Behavioural change a hurdle across industries

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     28th September 2018 A change of attitude towards waste management and recycling is needed to effect a real and positive cultural shift in the sector, but cooperation and willingness to change behaviours is a significant obstacle, says waste management company Interwaste business development and marketing director... 

RECYCLE, REUSE, REPURPOSE
Waste management companies play an important role in providing alternative channels of waste disposal to assist in encouraging citizens to adopt a recycling culture
RECYCLE, REUSE, REPURPOSE Waste management companies play an important role in providing alternative channels of waste disposal to assist in encouraging citizens to adopt a recycling culture

Closure, rehabilitation of landfills a major issue

28th September 2018 As landfill space in South Africa reaches capacity, the controlled, planned and systematic filling of landfill cells requires progressive closure and rehabilitation, says infrastructure delivery company Aecom, adding that it can provide this specialised service. Landfills may need to be closed... 

JAM-PACKED JUNK Once filled to capacity, landfills must be closed and decommissioned
JAM-PACKED JUNK Once filled to capacity, landfills must be closed and decommissioned

Managing waste generation crucial

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     28th September 2018 Effective waste management entails industries’ not overlooking the management of waste generation, says the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) Waste Research, Development and Innovation Roadmap Implementation Unit manager Professor Linda Godfrey. “There is still a great... 

EXPLOSIVE OPPORTUNITIES
There are many waste streams where significant opportunities exist for diversion such as organic waste or construction and demolition waste
EXPLOSIVE OPPORTUNITIES There are many waste streams where significant opportunities exist for diversion such as organic waste or construction and demolition waste

Petco submits industry waste management plan

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     28th September 2018 Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling company Petco submitted its Industry Waste Management Plan (IndWMP) for the PET packaging sector as part of industry body Packaging SA’s Federation of Plans for the packaging industry, says Petco stakeholder relations manager Janine Basson. Packaging SA... 

JANINE BASSON
Petco is well placed to continue delivering results in this next stage of South Africa’s environmental legislation
JANINE BASSON Petco is well placed to continue delivering results in this next stage of South Africa’s environmental legislation

Plastics industry should strive for zero pellet loss

28th September 2018 Plastics industry body Plastics|SA is calling on role-players to work towards achieving the goal of zero pellet, flake and powder loss. The local plastics industry has reiterated its commitment to keep the country’s water sources free of plastic pollution. Plastics|SA executive director Anton... 

PROBLEMATIC PELLETS
Pellet, flake and powder loss has several negative impacts on individual companies, the plastics industry as a whole and the environment
Photo by Bloomberg
PROBLEMATIC PELLETS Pellet, flake and powder loss has several negative impacts on individual companies, the plastics industry as a whole and the environment

Rescue Rod

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th September 2018 Rescue Rod has been providing various pipeline services and waste management solutions since 1990. With over 25 years of experience in the industry and some of the most technologically advanced industrial sewer cleaning and pipeline rehabilitation equipment globally, Rescue Rod has always stayed... 

Rescue Rod

Company champions enterprise development in fledgling waste industry

By: Nadine James     8th September 2017 Skills and socioeconomic development company Bosch Ulwazi launched the first phase of its three-year Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD) programme in KwaZulu-Natal, in July. The Petroleum and Waste Recycling programme will assist in developing five businesses that will offer products and... 

ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT The programme encompasses project and operations management, mentoring and skills development, as well as assistance with International Organisation of Standardisation accreditation
ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT The programme encompasses project and operations management, mentoring and skills development, as well as assistance with International Organisation of Standardisation accreditation

Organisation advocates a local recycling culture

By: Nadine James     8th September 2017 Despite numerous recycling initiatives and incentives in communities across the country – including collection points in close proximity to neighbourhoods – metal packaging recycling organisation MetPac-SA believes that an inherent recycling culture still needs to be established in South Africa.... 

ONE MAN'S TRASH Aluminium and metal cans are regarded as high-value items by recyclers
ONE MAN'S TRASH Aluminium and metal cans are regarded as high-value items by recyclers

Coastal Clean-Up assists in educating public on responsible plastic use

By: Nadine James     8th September 2017 As part of the yearly initiative Clean-up & Recycle SA Week, taking place from September 11 to 17, industry body Plastics|SA says the yearly International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) day on September 16 is the highlight of the week, as it is the world’s biggest yearly volunteer effort for ocean... 

SAVING THE ENVIRONMENT Saving the seas international Coastal Clean-up day on September 16 is the highlight of Clean-up and Recycle SA Week
SAVING THE ENVIRONMENT Saving the seas international Coastal Clean-up day on September 16 is the highlight of Clean-up and Recycle SA Week
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