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SuzelleDIY introduction to recycling

POLYCO+ has introduced a series of videos for teaching the public more about recycling. These fun and educational shorts empower the public to become better at recycling with the goal of improving national recycling rates across all of the various recycling material streams. Source: YouTube Web source:... Read More

Chemical association invites entries for its Responsible Care Initiative of the Year award

The Chemical and Allied Industries’ Association (CAIA) has received a number of exciting entries for its 2017 Responsible Care Initiative of the Year Award. Responsible Care is an initiative trademarked by CAIA, which was launched in South Africa in 1994. Through this initiative, companies make a formal public commitment to continuously improve their safety, health, and environmental performance. The annual competition has drawn excellent entries over the years and CAIA looks forward to receiving further 2017 initiative submissions says executive director Deidré Penfold. “Responsible Care is the chemical industry’s own, unique, global initiative – a voluntary programme that helps it to raise its standards and win greater trust from the public. It envisages a profitable, sustainable chemical sector in South Africa that contributes to the quality of human life and the economy through innovation and production, without harm to people, property or the environment,” she explains. Industry recognition “Responsible Care further aims to ensure that South Africa’s chemical sector is recognised by... Read More

Polystyrene Packaging Council changes name to reflect social upliftment focus

The Polystyrene Packaging Council – the product recovery organisation (PRO) for expanded polystyrene (EPS) and high impact polystyrene (HIPS) in South Africa – has announced that it is changing its name to the Polystyrene Association of South Africa. “With the recent steps taken to formalise industry bodies representing the various PROs, and in our dealings with government and end-markets, it became clear that we needed to have another look at our purpose, role and positioning within the Industry Waste Management Plan (IWMP).  Whilst technically a ‘council’ is regarded a statutory body, we will not be fulfilling this role in light of the more formalised industry representation which is currently under way,” says Adri Spangenberg, explaining the rationale for the rebranding. Legal framework By far, the vast majority of PRO’s in South Africa are established as Voluntary Associations. In line with the general characteristics, the Polystyrene Association is regulated by Common Law, has an open membership and is managed from... Read More

Metal packaging organisation encourages recycling ahead of Clean-Up and Recycle Week SA

MetPac-SA, the new industry body representing the interests of the local metal packaging industry, will be joining forces with the various packaging streams in South Africa during the month of September to encourage households to practice mindful recycling as part of Clean-up and Recycle SA week (11-17 September 2017). “More than a third of all the aluminium currently produced globally originates from old, traded and new scrap. The high intrinsic value of metal scrap has always been the main impetus for recycling, independent of any legislative or political initiatives. In addition to this obvious economic dimension, growing environmental concerns and heightened social responsibility, have served to boost recycling activity in order to conserve resources and to avoid littering,” says Delanie Bezuidenhout, CEO of MetPac-SA. Zero Waste goal MetPac-SA is a Product Recovery Organisation (PRO) that brings together the entire metals packaging value chain in South Africa and gives the aluminium, steel and tin can industries a unified voice when... Read More

Bad habits fuel illegal dumping

Statement by the City of Cape Town’s mayoral committee member for safety, security and social services, alderman JP Smith. The City of Cape Town’s Law Enforcement Department recently impounded its 100th vehicle used for illegal dumping. The milestone came just a year after an amendment to the Integrated Waste Management By-law making provision for impoundments. Heavy costs The drivers were each fined R5 000 and a further R7 500 impoundment release fee is payable to reclaim their vehicles. This is currently what the law allows the City to do. In addition, Law Enforcement has issued 172 dumping fines valued at nearly R750 000, issued more than 500 compliance notices, and impounded 80 wheelie bins used for illegal dumping. The Philippi farming area and surrounds remains the worst hotspot, with a staggering 86% of vehicle impoundments happening in this area. However, the income derived from the City’s enforcement efforts is a drop in the ocean when compared with the cost... Read More

New maritime transport policy protects against ocean pollution

South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) minister, Edna Molewa, extends a message of support for the South African Comprehensive Maritime Transport Policy, which will help to enhance progress Operation Phakisa: Oceans Economy outcomes. To learn more about the policy please visit: www.transport.gov.za/Maritime.aspx Source: DEA Web Source:... Read More

Coming clean about keeping buildings green

According to a scientific paper entitled “Building and Environment”, the practice of sustainable facilities management (FM) is rapidly evolving with the increasing interest in the discourse of sustainable development. “Survey results show that time constraints, lack of knowledge and lack of senior management commitment are the main barriers for the implementation of consistent and comprehensive sustainable FM policy and practice.” Green continuity Buildings are given a Green Star rating by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) but, once occupied, these buildings often become anything but eco-conscious. This is where FM comes in, and responsible corporates must ensure that their decision power is used to further sustainability. This requires a holistic approach, ensuring that the entire building is run, cleaned and maintained in an environmentally friendly way. This approach has many added benefits. The increased health and safety of the workforce occupying the building decreases absenteeism and increases productivity. Improved productivity ensures a positive effect on the bottom... Read More

African Chemicals Imbizo promotes growth and investment in local chemical sector

The Chemical and Allied Industries’ Association (CAIA) exhibited and participated at the Third African Chemicals Imbizo at the Moses Mabida Stadium in Durban this week. CAIA Executive Director Deidré Penfold congratulated the Durban Chemical Cluster on co-hosting the imbizo and on arranging an informative programme. More imbizos Penfold said imbizos like this will further increase growth and investment in the local chemical sector by providing a platform for local chemical manufacturers to engage with new buyers and grow their intra-African export market share. The imbizo was held on 15 and 16 August and attracted 300 delegates from across the sub-Sahara region, while also bringing together industry experts, guest speakers and an exhibition presenting innovative products and key services to the industry. The imbizo was co-hosted by the eThekwini Municipality in partnership with Trade and Investment Kwazulu-Natal, the Industrial Development Corporation, the Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority and the Durban Chemicals... Read More

Industrial symbiosis wins victory in war on waste and pollution

Over the past three months, over 190 000 tonnes of waste has been diverted from landfill and converted into valuable feedstock for South African industry as part of the Industrial Symbiosis (IS) Programme at the National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA). Impressive results Between April and June 2017, 25 participating IS Programme companies in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal diverted 193 193 tonnes of landfill waste, eliminated 58 055 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, reduced virgin resource use 193 193 tonnes and saved 1 422 800 m3 of industrial water. In addition, the Western Cape Industrial Symbiosis Programme, which is run by GreenCape, features 490 member companies that have collectively diverted over 7 900 tonnes of waste from landfill, resulting in over R33-million in cost saving and new revenue, and the creation of 127 jobs. It’s time for businesses to reap the rewards of this low-hanging fruit Although SA is still regarded as the African manufacturing powerhouse, its competitiveness has been... Read More

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