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Recycling & Waste Management News

ALPLA, Re-Purpose partner to strengthen plastics cycle in South Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th May 2024 Plastic packaging manufacturer and recycler the ALPLA Group and waste repurposing company Re-Purpose have announced a strategic partnership that is expected to advance sustainable packaging solutions and strengthen the feedstock value chain of ALPLA’s first polyethylene terephthalate (PET)... 

Tshwane’s first separation-at-source project in a public space signals success

By: Sabrina Jardim     17th May 2024 A separation-at-source recycling campaign, called S@S, at Tshwane’s public Fountains Valley Resort – a collaboration between the City of Tshwane and producer responsibility organisation Petco – is being described by officials as a success, with plans to extend it to other resorts and public areas... 

Petco recycling bins

Cape Town targeting this year as starting date for turning landfill waste into power

By: Irma Venter     17th May 2024 The City of Cape Town (CoCT) says it is moving closer to turning landfill waste into energy, with two projects that are designed to produce electricity from the combustion of landfill gas moving towards implementation. Landfill gas, primarily made up of methane, is produced when organic matter,... 

Water a hurdle in Africa’s development - expert

10th May 2024 Water scarcity poses a significant hurdle to Africa's growth and development, with climate change and deteriorating infrastructure intensifying the challenges, says advisory and analytics firm Frost & Sullivan consultant Hannro Steenekamp. He explains that South Africa’s ongoing water crisis,... 

A black and white image of a hand under a tap with a trickle of water
WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE BUT... The scarcity of drinkable water is denting the development of Africa as a continentent

Cooling company to highlight new concepts

By: Halima Frost     10th May 2024 After two successful webinars that unpacked the use of air-cooled condensers (ACC) for recoverable energy in power generation, thermal solutions specialist Industrial Water Cooling (IWC) aims to address future clients and investors at this year’s Enlit Africa 2024, which will be held at the Cape... 

An air-cooled condensers designed and manufactured by IWC
COOL AS A CUCUMBER According to thermal solutions specialist Industrial Water Coolin air-cooled condensers are the most efficient, green option for cooling

Cumulative effort to transform grids a hot topic

By: Halima Frost     10th May 2024 Of the 103 countries that in 2020 pledged to reduce global carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane emissions by at least 30%, 54 are African, says global technology giant Siemens South Africa CEO sub-Saharan Africa Sabine Dall’Omo. These countries have agreed to implement Nationally Determined... 

Siemens South Africa CEO sub-Saharan Africa Sabine Dall’Omo standing on a stage talking
SABINE DALL"OMO A panel – The Factors Determining Success in Transitioning to a Low-Carbon Future – will be sponsored by Siemens, and be led by Dall’Omo on May 22

Pioneer solution converts paper sludge, food and textile waste into bioethanol

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd May 2024 A pioneering solution has been developed to convert cellulose fibre-rich waste from pulp and paper mill operations into ethanol using a specialised fermentation process. The solution was announced by the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa), in collaboration with Stellenbosch... 

Interwaste launches leachate and effluent treatment plant 

2nd May 2024 Local waste management company Interwaste – a Séché Environnement Group company – has launched its R100-million leachate and effluent treatment plant in Delmas, Mpumalanga. The company describes the plant as a “first of its kind in South Africa,” noting that it marks a step forward in... 

Interwaste launches leachate and effluent treatment plant
Interwaste launches leachate and effluent treatment plant

Coca Cola’s Namibia recycling partnership turns bottles into brighter futures

By: Sabrina Jardim     26th April 2024 An investment of more than $1.2-million through a partnership between Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) and plastic packaging company Plastic Packaging has culminated in the opening of a new polyethylene terephthalate (PET) flaking plant in Okahandja, Namibia. The plant is expected to double the... 

Namibian Environment, Forestry and Tourism Minister Pohamba Shifeta officially opens the new $1.2-million plastic flaking plant in Okhanja
Photo by Coca Cola Beverages Africa
Namibian Environment, Forestry and Tourism Minister Pohamba Shifeta officially opens the new $1.2-million plastic flaking plant in Okhanja

South Africa seeks to secure global plastics pollution treaty by balancing competing interests – Creecy

By: Schalk Burger     12th April 2024 South Africa will seek to secure a legally binding global plastics pollution and marine litter treaty in negotiations at upcoming global meetings by balancing competing demands, Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy told the media on April 12. The Department of Forestry,... 

Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy
Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy

Interwaste launches R100m leachate, effluent treatment plant in Delmas

By: Sabrina Jardim     10th April 2024 Waste management company Interwaste on April 10 launched its R100-million leachate and effluent treatment plant in Delmas, Mpumalanga. The company says the plant is the first of its kind in South Africa, noting that it marks a leap forward in environmental stewardship and resource recovery. 

Interwaste's new leachate and effluent treatment plant
Photo by Interwaste
Interwaste's new leachate and effluent treatment plant

Shoprite, four global retailers form $125m venture fund aimed at innovation

By: Irma Venter     9th April 2024 Five grocery retailers, including South Africa’s Shoprite group, have established a venture fund called W23 Global. W23 Global brings together Ahold Delhaize (US, Europe, Indonesia), Tesco (UK, Europe), Woolworths Group (Australia, New Zealand), Empire Company/Sobeys (Canada) and Shoprite Group... 

Image of Shoprite Group CEO Pieter Engelbrecht
Pieter Engelbrecht

DFFE commits to supporting SMMEs in waste tyre management endeavour

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th April 2024 Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy has unpacked the Industry Waste Tyre Management Plan (IWTMP), which was recently approved by Cabinet and which is aimed at addressing several challenges faced by the waste tyre sector. Some of the sector’s most prominent challenges... 

Firm offers durable flooring solution, corrosion protection

By: Simone Liedtke     5th April 2024 The deterioration and corrosion of concrete infrastructure have presented significant challenges in harsh operational environments such as sugar mills. Corrosion protection, epoxy flooring and waterproofing company Verni Speciality Construction Products has, therefore, developed its Supaflor... 

SUPAFLOR PU HD
Supaflor polyurethane heavy-duty offers superior resistance to the specific conditions in sugar mills
SUPAFLOR PU HD Supaflor polyurethane heavy-duty offers superior resistance to the specific conditions in sugar mills

Masslift Africa launches Mitsubishi Forklift’s new Grendia series in South Africa  

3rd April 2024 Forklift products and services provider Masslift Africa, in partnership with Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks, in March launched Mitsubishi’s new-generation Grendia forklift series for the Southern African market. 

Masslift Africa launches Mitsubishi Forklift’s new Grendia series in South Africa
Masslift Africa launches Mitsubishi Forklift’s new Grendia series in South Africa

Sustainability trend creates opportunities for paper producers

29th March 2024 The pulp and paper manufacturing industry holds a meaningful position in the landscape of South Africa's industrial sector, says industry association Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (PAMSA). As the backbone of numerous sectors, “its vitality is paramount to South Africa’s economic... 

An image of a paper ream at a paper mill
THE CIRCLE OF FIBRE On average, the country recovers 1.1-million tonnes of paper and paper packaging each year, with 75% to 80% of the fibre going back into local production. More than half of the country’s locally manufactured paper is made from recycled paper fibre

Alternative fuel production to increase during energy transition 

By: Trent Roebeck     22nd March 2024 One of the foreseeable local and global energy transition trends in 2024, and beyond, is that of increased production of transport fuels made of vegetable oils and animal fats in the short term, augmented with production of electro-fuels (e-fuels) in the longer term, says engineering firm Fluor... 

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MICHIEL BAERENDS Fluor's process director believes that the realisation of a global energy transition relies heavily on alternative fuels and e-fuels

Maltento aiming to bolster sustainability efforts

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th March 2024 Maltento CEO Dean Smorenburg and commercial director Dominic Malan were joined by Western Cape Premier Alan Winde and Cape Town mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis on a tour of the fly-farm’s facilities in Epping, Cape Town on March 18. This follows a recent announcement from sustainable functional... 

An image of Maltento CEO Dean Smorenburg, Cape Town mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis and Cape Town premier Alan Winde
Maltento CEO Dean Smorenburg, Cape Town mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis and Cape Town premier Alan Winde at the facility

Recycling initiative prioritises sustainability, promotes economic growth

By: Sabrina Jardim     18th March 2024 Manufacturer Ardagh Glass Packaging’s money4glass initiative – launched in July 2023 – has yielded positive results. From August 2023 to January this year, the company’s glass recycling depot at its Clayville facility, in Gauteng, received cullet tonnage close to 278 000, of which 35%, or 97 050... 

Probiotic-based cleaning products now available

15th March 2024 In contributing to a healthier environment, biological cleaning solutions producer Bionetix International, a division of environmentally responsible corrosion control technologies developer Cortec, offers its new probiotic-based cleaning solutions which are environment-friendly alternatives to... 

A range of bottles filled with various colour liquids used for cleaning
A PRO AT CLEANING The new probiotic-based cleaning agents offer a more environmentally friendly solution than chemicals

Biobased plastics launched to transform auto sector

15th March 2024 A consortium led by sustainable technology innovator Sonichem has been granted nearly R14.6-million in funding from UK government agency Innovate UK’s 'Resource efficiency for materials and manufacturing' (REforMM) programme. The funding will accelerate the development of the proprietary Sonichem... 

An info graphic Car with Green parts manufactured from petrochemicals
GOOD CARMA The production of renewable, cost-effective alternatives to petrochemicals commonly used in the production of plastics, resins and composites within the automotive industry

Circular economies can foster inclusivity in Africa, address social challenges – IWMI

By: Sabrina Jardim     8th March 2024 Through resource efficiency, circular design, water reuse, repair and recycling, African nations can customise their economic systems to maximise social benefits and sustainability, the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) Southern Africa states. Circularity models can foster... 

eWasa reaches 31% polystyrene recycling target

By: Schalk Burger     7th March 2024 During the 2022/23 reporting period, a 31% recycling rate for polystyrene was achieved, registered producer responsibility organisation the Extended producer responsibility (EPR) Waste Association of South Africa (eWasa) says. This milestone underscores the effectiveness of the organisation's... 

NCPC-SA launches circularity programme in North West

By: Sabrina Jardim     5th March 2024 The National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) launched an Industrial Symbiosis Programme (ISP) with the North West provincial government and local municipalities to enable sustainable waste disposal in that province. The programme has now been implemented in all nine provinces,... 

The NCPC-SA national programme manager Victor Manavhela
The NCPC-SA national programme manager Victor Manavhela

Mathe Group expands capacity to produce more rubber crumb for roads

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th March 2024 The use of large amounts of recycled rubber crumb for the manufacture of road surfaces and related products is propelling South Africa towards a circular economy where waste products are used to address key infrastructure needs, Hammarsdale-based radial truck tyre recycler Mathe Group CEO Dr... 

An image showing a factory worker with a tyre at the Mathe Group factory
Mathe Group factory where truck tyres are processed into rubber crumb

Spar Group advancing sustainability initiatives to reduce plastic waste

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th February 2024 JSE-listed retailer Spar Group is undertaking several initiatives to curb the environmental impact of plastic packaging materials. This commitment aligns with the group’s dedication to phasing out harmful plastics and is expected to contribute significantly to the reduction of non-recycled... 

An image of The Spar Group sustainability executive Kevin O’Brien
The Spar Group sustainability executive Kevin O’Brien

Heineken invests R2.3bn in returnable glass programme in South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     27th February 2024 Multinational beer producer Heineken has invested R2.3-billion in its returnable bottle programme in South Africa, more than doubling its share of returnable glass beer bottles, as part of its goal to move to 65% returnable glass bottles. The move towards increased returnable glass aligns with... 

Heineken's returnable star bottle

Firm looks to diversify recycled product range, seeks new markets

By: Lumkile Nkomfe      23rd February 2024 Germiston-based rubber recycling company Dawhi Rubber Recycling, which has been in the rubber crumb business for 14 years, is conducting research into new innovations such as tyre-derived fuel, which represents the primary alternative to rubber crumb manufacturing and reclaimed rubber.... 

Firm emphasises valorisation  

By: Lumkile Nkomfe      23rd February 2024 To advance circularity and sustainability in the rubber manufacturing industry, leading rubber crumb manufacturer Mathe Group emphasises a strong focus on valorising waste rubber as a means of increasing supply amid increased demand.  Rubber crumb is used on roads and artificial sporting fields,... 

An image of Dr Mehran Zarrebini posing in front of waste tires
Mathe Group CEO Dr. Mehran Zarrebini discussing the current state of rubber manufacturing and recycling in Africa. Recording: Lumkile Nkomfe. Editing: Shadwyn Dickinson. Recorded 26-01-2024

National food loss, waste reduction strategy on the cards

By: Schalk Burger     6th February 2024 The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment’s (DFFE's) Draft Strategy for Reducing Food Losses and Waste, published for comment in September 2023, will likely result in a newly promulgated national food loss and waste strategy in 2024, says alternative waste treatment company BiobiN... 

Black Soldier Fly factory recycles agroprocessing waste 

By: Sabrina Jardim     5th February 2024 Agri-tech company Maltento is transforming South Africa's recycling landscape by breeding black soldier flies to convert agroprocessing waste, including spent grains from the beer industry, into high-performance, nutrient-dense proteins and oils for pet and aquaculture feed. “Maltento and its... 

An image depicting Maltento CEO Dean Smorenburg
Photo by Tommy Trenchard
Maltento CEO Dean Smorenburg

Cape Town’s Copperheads unit recovers 53 km of stolen cable, 1.2 t of metal

By: Irma Venter     29th January 2024 The City of Cape Town’s (CoCT’s) specialist metals theft unit, the Copperheads, has recovered more than 53 km of stolen cable during the last six months of 2023. The unit says it executed 404 autonomous operations, 1 260 scrapyard inspections, 1 777 hotspot patrols and responded to 277 complaints... 

Cape Town’s Copperheads unit recovers 53 km of stolen cable, 1.2 t of metal

Cape Town’s waste management directorate procures new compactors, street sweepers 

By: Irma Venter     18th January 2024 The City of Cape Town’s (CoCT’s) Urban Waste Management Directorate says it is in the midst of procuring a number of new trucks and equipment for use in and around the city. The directorate has a budget of R285.7-million for the 2023/24 financial year to buy new and replacement plant and equipment. 

Image of new waste trucks deployed in Cape Town
New waste trucks deployed in Cape Town

IAEA launches microplastic pollution research project in Antarctica

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th January 2024 The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has launched a mission to research the presence and impact of microplastics in Antarctica. Microplastics are defined as plastic particles with a diameter of less than 5 mm. These were first detected in Antarctica in 2009, in sea ice samples collected... 

IAEA director-general Rafael Mariano Grossi (left) and Argentinian President Javier Milei (second left) at the Marambio Antarctic base
Photo by IAEA
IAEA director-general Rafael Mariano Grossi (left) and Argentinian President Javier Milei (second left) at the Marambio Antarctic base

CGCSA registered as producer responsibility organisation

By: Schalk Burger     14th December 2023 Industry association the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA) has been registered as a producer responsibility organisation (PRO), which will enable it to coordinate efforts by its manufacturing and retailer members to reduce the impact of waste on the environment and also comply with... 

Nedbank announces R10m Green Economy Fund

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th December 2023 At the Nedbank Green Indaba, held on November 30, Nedbank Corporate Social Investment executive head Poovi Pillay announced that the bank had set up its Green Economy Fund with initial capital of R10-million. He explained that the fund is intended to provide funding for up to 100 start-ups in the... 

COP 28 to host fossil fuels debate

By: Halima Frost     1st December 2023 This year’s Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, referred to globally as COP 28 and being held from November 30 to December 12 in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), will look to address environmental issues, including decarbonisation... 

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GLOBALLY GREEN The drive to a decarbonised economy will again be addressed at this years Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
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