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Table Mountain Cableway
Table Mountain Cableway making every drop of water count

In light of National Water Week - 20 to 26 March 2017 - Table Mountain Cableway shares its water reducing measures to aid other businesses looking for ways to save water in drought-stricken Cape Town...

16 Mar 2017

Western Cape benefits from waste stream management
Western Cape benefits from waste stream management

Redisa is diverting waste tyres from landfills and cleaning the country of tyre waste, thanks to the independently-owned SMME transporter companies...

14 Mar 2017

Shongweni landfill court battle is put on hold
Shongweni landfill court battle is put on hold

A court bid to muzzle a UK man behind an online campaign to shut the controversial Shongweni landfill site remains in limbo, with argument over whether the Durban High Court has jurisdiction...

8 Mar 2017

Plastic fibres are causing major harm to South Africa's marine life
Plastic fibres are causing major harm to South Africa's marine life

Next time you take a stroll along your favourite isolated beach, far from any city, take a moment to look down at the high tide mark. You'll almost certainly see small plastic particles dotted along your route. ..

By Holly Nel 8 Mar 2017

NPA to charge EnviroServ over 'toxic fumes' at Shongweni landfill site
NPA to charge EnviroServ over 'toxic fumes' at Shongweni landfill site

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has said that it has decided to press charges against the waste disposal company EnviroServ for "emitting toxic fumes from its Shongweni landfill site"...

By Nce Mkhize 6 Mar 2017

#DesignIndaba2017: How to know if you're swimming in it
#DesignIndaba2017: How to know if you're swimming in it

On day three at Design Indaba 2017, Carina Bonse, an art director and design graduate from Red & Yellow, introduced attendees to Swimming In It (Sii)...

By Ilse van den Berg 4 Mar 2017

What is the solution to South Africa's waste management problems?
What is the solution to South Africa's waste management problems?

There are multiple factors plaguing South Africa's waste management system at the moment, especially with environmentalists halting the traditional waste processing measures within the country...

Issued by Monetary Library 2 Mar 2017

Ceres Fruit Growers environmental practices bearing fruit
Ceres Fruit Growers environmental practices bearing fruit

The sustainability efforts of Ceres Fruit Growers is bearing fruit - saving the environment and the bottom line in the process...

28 Feb 2017

Climate change case in court

What has been described as South Africa's first climate change lawsuit is to be heard on Thursday, 2 March 2017, in the Pretoria High Court...

24 Feb 2017

SA's paper recycling recovery rate on par with developed countries
SA's paper recycling recovery rate on par with developed countries

In the 2000, the Paper Recycling Association of South Africa (PRASA) reported a 38% paper recovery rate, rising to 59% in 2011. The association had projected paper recycling rates to increase to 63% by the end of 2017 but by December 2015 the paper and paper packaging industry exceeded this with 66% of the nation's recoverable paper and cardboard being recovered for recycling during 2015...

24 Feb 2017

Buffelsdraai Landfill Site
Landfill 2017 to cover leachate, gas management

According to the 2012 National Waste Information Baseline Report*, South Africa generated approximately 108-million tonnes of waste in 2011; of which 98-million tonnes were disposed of at landfills...

23 Feb 2017

Tech industry's first shipment of ocean plastics packaging
Tech industry's first shipment of ocean plastics packaging

As a result of a commercial-scale pilot program, Dell has announced the technology industry's first shipment of ocean plastics packaging...

22 Feb 2017

How 'evolving' technology leads to fewer choices and creates mountains of waste
How 'evolving' technology leads to fewer choices and creates mountains of waste

Let me ask you a question. Are you periodically forced to buy a new laptop because the technology – hardware or software – in your current laptop is no longer supported even though it's fully functional?

By Sharad Sinha 22 Feb 2017

Responsible travel: Finding environmental solutions for campers and lodges
Responsible travel: Finding environmental solutions for campers and lodges

Whilst out enjoying the wonders how do campers, caravanners, and self-caters administer the challenges presented with managing their food waste?

By Gavin Heron 21 Feb 2017

'Strange black soot' blankets Nigeria's oil hub
'Strange black soot' blankets Nigeria's oil hub

The Nigerian city of Port Harcourt used to be known as "The Garden City" because of its soaring palm trees and green open spaces...

15 Feb 2017

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Renewable organic waste system to help make agriculture sustainable

Large amounts of organic waste produced by South African farms, is one of the biggest obstacles to sustainable agriculture. But reusing this carbon and nutrient-rich waste to benefit plants and animals could...

14 Feb 2017

Averda acquires Solid Waste Technologies
Averda acquires Solid Waste Technologies

Global waste management group Averda recently announced its acquisition of Solid Waste Technologies (SWT), a healthcare medical waste company with over 20 years' experience...

10 Feb 2017

Konica Minolta SA assists in development of recycling business
Konica Minolta SA assists in development of recycling business

Konica Minolta South Africa, a division of Bidvest Office, has assisting in the development, training and creation of New Circle Green Solutions...

9 Feb 2017

Biochar could help clean polluted water
Biochar could help clean polluted water

A type of charcoal made from eucalyptus trees could provide the solution to South Africa's polluted water...

8 Feb 2017

Samsonite and Uzwelo Luggage Cover
#DesignMonth: Turning excess fabrics destined for landfills into unique luggage covers

Uzwelo Bags has designed and manufactured unique, eye-catching luggage covers that will ensure that you never miss your bag on that overcrowded carousel ever again...

By Cari Coetzee 8 Feb 2017

Impressive growth for polystyrene recycling as new markets are developed
Impressive growth for polystyrene recycling as new markets are developed

According to Polystyrene Packaging Council director Adri Spangenberg, the reprocessing of expanded and high impact polystyrene has increased by 106% between the period 2013 and 2015 in South Africa...

8 Feb 2017

Goodbye dandruff, hello clean ocean
Goodbye dandruff, hello clean ocean

If you don't like lifeless hair, dandruff on your shoulders and plastics in your ocean, you can tackle all three in the shower...

7 Feb 2017

How smart design can solve the e-waste problem
How smart design can solve the e-waste problem

In 2014, the United Nations estimated that humans produced 41.8 million metric tons of electronic waste. That's 92 billion pounds...

By Ed Boyd 6 Feb 2017

Before and after: a field in Motherwell covered in rubbish a few weeks ago (left), and the same field (from a different position) on 2 February (right). Photos: Joseph Chirume
PE municipality clears hazardous rubbish dumps

Garbage in Motherwell removed following GroundUp report...

By Joseph Chirume 6 Feb 2017

Can waste solve the waste problem?
Can waste solve the waste problem?

Who ever said ‘happily ever after' was just the stuff of fairytales? These days those words are written into the soles of Lionel Messi's cleats (or at least that's the idea)...

By Tim Plenderleith 3 Feb 2017

Waste is not a liability, but a future resource
Waste is not a liability, but a future resource

In South Africa, we have proven that this is possible within the tyre waste stream, but there are a few significant elements that have determined the success...

By Stacey Davidson 30 Jan 2017

SA not cashing in on electronic waste
SA not cashing in on electronic waste

The electronic-waste industry would need at least four times more recycling centres to cater for the rise in the number of devices and household electrical items...

By Thabiso Mochiko 25 Jan 2017

Recycling projects that inspire innovation
Recycling projects that inspire innovation

Responsible business and sustainability are not necessarily terms that inspire excitement – but they should. By thinking outside the box, companies are using increasingly innovative approaches to get involved in recycling and become a part of the circular economy...

By Nathan Nayagar 23 Jan 2017

Sustainable business is a good business
Sustainable business is a good business

The threat of global resource management is growing. While the milestones of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement, which South Africa has adopted along with support for the Common African Position (CAP), help raise awareness of the challenges ahead, there is a growing need for businesses to play a leading role...

By Nathan Nayagar 18 Jan 2017

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