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EPR regulation: Doubling down on plastic bag producers
EPR regulation: Doubling down on plastic bag producersArticle

South Africa's amended plastic bag regulations and the new extended producer responsibility regulations raise concerns about double taxation in the plastic bag sector...

Garyn Rapson, Paula-Ann Novotny and Emma Bleeker 29 Apr 2021

Nestlé becomes first FMCG company to join Polyco
Nestlé becomes first FMCG company to join PolycoArticle

Nestlé is the first food manufacturer and brand owner to join the Polyolefin Responsibility Organisation, a not-for-profit industry body focused on reducing the amount of used polyolefin plastic packaging waste...

20 Apr 2021

Unpacking the effectiveness of SA legislature in trying to reinvent the EPR wheel
Unpacking the effectiveness of SA legislature in trying to reinvent the EPR wheelArticle

Government's rationale for extending the EPR scope is predominantly informed by the historic approach which has been at play in the market until now, under voluntary industry-driven schemes...

Garyn Rapson, Paula-Ann Novotny and Emma Bleeker 19 Apr 2021

Public comment sought on ERP in the waste sector
Public comment sought on ERP in the waste sectorArticle

Draft amendments to the regulations and notices regarding Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) in the Waste Sector have been published for public consultation...

29 Mar 2021

New campaign promotes recycling of food and beverage cartons
New campaign promotes recycling of food and beverage cartonsArticle

Fibre Circle is calling on South African food producers to help drive awareness that food and beverage cartons are recyclable...

15 Mar 2021

2021 Petco Awards winners announced
2021 Petco Awards winners announcedArticle

Recognising individuals and organisations making a tangible impact on sustainability and the circular economy, the Petco Awards winners have been announced...

5 Mar 2021

#BizTrends2021: Sustainability paving the way for future of waste management
#BizTrends2021: Sustainability paving the way for future of waste managementArticle

Waste management can no longer be looked at with a linear view as we move towards 2021. We are seeing national as well as global leaders around the world creating massive awareness around the 'throw-away culture'...

Kate Stubbs 7 Jan 2021

How new recycling laws impact manufacturers, importers, brand owners, consumers
How new recycling laws impact manufacturers, importers, brand owners, consumersArticle

The "extended producer responsibility" provisions of the Waste Act No. 59 of 2008 have been kicked into gear by the recent publication of regulations and notices...

Janine Will 8 Dec 2020

Green industries to aid SA's economic recovery
Green industries to aid SA's economic recoveryArticle

The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries has published the regulatory framework for extended producer responsibility (EPR) schemes as part of government's effort to contribute towards the economic recovery plan...

12 Nov 2020

EPR - What does it mean for waste in South Africa?
EPR - What does it mean for waste in South Africa?Article

While change has become fast paced and inevitable, one thing remains constant - the need to protect our environment. All possible means to do so, including recycling and reusing packaging, should be increased at pace...

Shabeer Jhetam 6 Nov 2020

Luyanda Hlatashwayo, reclaimer with the African Reclaimers Organisation, and Luc-Olivier Marquet, EVP Unilever South Africa.
Unilever SA forms local partnerships to support inclusive circular economyArticle

Unilever is focused on direct investment and partnerships in waste collection, building capacity by buying recycled plastics and supporting well-designed extended producer responsibility schemes...

6 Nov 2020

Airtel Zambia and Ericsson partner to drive responsible e-waste disposal
Airtel Zambia and Ericsson partner to drive responsible e-waste disposalArticle

Airtel Networks Zambia has partnered with Ericsson on a 'Product Take-Back' program to minimise the potential environmental impact associated with the disposal of decommissioned electrical equipment...

19 Oct 2020

Draft regulations place greater responsibility on producers of lighting, electronic, paper and packaging products
Draft regulations place greater responsibility on producers of lighting, electronic, paper and packaging productsArticle

It is estimated that South Africa generates approximately 108 million tonnes of waste per year. As much as 90% of this waste (with an estimated value of more than R25.2 billion) is dumped or disposed of in landfill sites across the country, which are rapidly filling up and approaching closure...

Francois Joubert and Julia Rushton 21 Jul 2020

62% of PET plastic beverage bottles produced in SA in 2019 recycled - PETCO
62% of PET plastic beverage bottles produced in SA in 2019 recycled - PETCOArticle

According to new statistics released by the PET Recycling Company (PETCO), which is the producer responsibility organisation for the sector, 62% of all polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic beverage bottles placed on the market in 2019 have been recycled...

2 Jul 2020

Packaging solutions in a throwaway society
Packaging solutions in a throwaway societyArticle

Even though packaging is necessary, a lot of products have excess packaging where the information that is needed could be applied directly to the product rather than adding packaging to display necessary information...

Issued by Pyrotec 25 May 2020

4 new members join WEEE Forum in tackling global e-waste challenge
4 new members join WEEE Forum in tackling global e-waste challengeArticle

Four new members, two of which are from outside Europe, have joined the WEEE Forum, a Brussels-based, international not-for-profit association speaking for forty not-for-profit electrical and electronic equipment waste producer responsibility organisations...

24 Jan 2020

SA packaging, plastics sector welcomes development of industry-managed waste management plan
SA packaging, plastics sector welcomes development of industry-managed waste management planArticle

Minister of Forestry and Fisheries and Environmental Affairs Barbara Creecy announced late last year that she would be starting an entirely new process under Section 18 to develop an industry-managed waste management plan...

21 Jan 2020

Unilever pledges to slash use of new plastics
Unilever pledges to slash use of new plasticsArticle

Unilever has committed to reduce plastic waste across its portfolio and help create a circular economy for plastics. The pledge includes halving its use of virgin plastic...

9 Oct 2019

PETCO releases definitive guide to recyclable packaging design
PETCO releases definitive guide to recyclable packaging designArticle

To facilitate efforts by companies to think about their product packaging with reuse and recycling in mind, the PET Plastic Recycling Company (PETCO) has released a definitive guide to packaging design...

9 Oct 2019

Mpact Versapak announces Petco voting membership
Mpact Versapak announces Petco voting membershipArticle

Mpact Versapak, a subsidiary of Mpact Operations, with BRC-certified plants, acknowledges the convenience and uses of PET plastics and the need for a solution to post-consumer waste...

Issued by Mpact Plastics 4 Jul 2019

As more developing countries reject plastic waste exports, wealthy nations seek solutions at home
As more developing countries reject plastic waste exports, wealthy nations seek solutions at homeArticle

Less than two years after China banned most imports of scrap material from abroad, many of its neighbors are following suit...

Kate O'Neill 11 Jun 2019

SA shows 6% year-on-year increase in PET plastic bottle recycling
SA shows 6% year-on-year increase in PET plastic bottle recyclingArticle

According to PETCO chief executive officer Cheri Scholtz, an average of 6.2 million PET plastic bottles were collected for recycling across South Africa every day last year...

5 Jun 2019

PG Bison opts for locally sourced, sustainable rPET strapping
PG Bison opts for locally sourced, sustainable rPET strappingArticle

Wood-based product manufacturer PG Bison will now use only locally sourced and recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) strapping...

6 Feb 2019

#BizTrends2019: Trends moulding the plastic packaging industry
#BizTrends2019: Trends moulding the plastic packaging industryArticle

There's a major shake-up happening in the plastic manufacturing industry. And the change is happening remarkably quickly across the world for converters and brands alike...

David Drew 4 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2018: Recycling and other green trends
#BizTrends2018: Recycling and other green trendsArticle

Being green is certainly seen to be trendy, but while many are claiming to be, are they actually green?

Shabeer Jhetam 15 Jan 2018

2018 PETCO Awards open for nominations
2018 PETCO Awards open for nominationsArticle

Celebrating recycling and waste management excellence in the South African PET industry, the 2018 PETCO Awards is open for nominations...

28 Dec 2017

An impactful solution
An impactful solutionArticle

Innovation and value-based product development is the forefront for most companies, but few consider how this type of development should be focused on a wider industry challenge, in order to become part of an industry solution...

Issued by Mpact Plastics 27 Jul 2017

SAVA notes a successful 2017 conference
SAVA notes a successful 2017 conferenceArticle

The Southern African Vinyls Association (SAVA) recently hosted its 2017 Vinyls SA Conference at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton...

23 Jun 2017

Advancing PET recycling: Petco Award winners announced
Advancing PET recycling: Petco Award winners announcedArticle

Individuals and companies who have made extraordinary contributions to PET recycling in SA, including Bizcommunity's Managing Editor, have been named Petco Award winners...

8 Jun 2017

Boxmore-PETCO venture drives recycling in Harrismith
Boxmore-PETCO venture drives recycling in HarrismithArticle

Five local PET collectors in the Harrismith community have received waste recycling trolleys from the partnership of Boxmore Packaging and PETCO...

12 May 2017

Changing behaviour to make recycling a way of life
Changing behaviour to make recycling a way of lifeArticle

Our vulnerability to dwindling natural resources is hitting home...

Hugh Tyrrell 24 Apr 2017

A landfill is no place for plastic bottles
A landfill is no place for plastic bottlesArticle

Because their usefulness extends well beyond their original purpose, and to bury them in earth is exceptionally wasteful...

Sindy Peters 4 Apr 2017

Creating profit streams from waste could effect 0.5% increase in GDP
Creating profit streams from waste could effect 0.5% increase in GDPArticle

According to a recent study by the Energy Research Centre of the University of Cape Town, the economic impact of the introduction of resources back into the economy through waste stream management could increase GDP by up to 0.5%...

27 Mar 2017

ROSE Foundation announces new CEO
ROSE Foundation announces new CEOArticle

Following the retirement of Raj Lochan, Bubele Nyiba has been appointed the new CEO of the ROSE Foundation (Recycling Oil Saves the Environment)...

27 Mar 2017

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We've calculated the environmental cost of a loaf of bread – and what to do about itArticle

What does a staple food such as bread have to do with global warming?

Peter Horton 28 Feb 2017

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

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...

Stacey Davidson 30 Jan 2017

How waste can stimulate South Africa's economy
How waste can stimulate South Africa's economyArticle

A new study undertaken by the Energy Research Centre of UCT in November 2016 investigates the economic impact of the introduction of resources back into the economy through waste stream management...

12 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Circular economies key to commodity growth
#BizTrends2017: Circular economies key to commodity growthArticle

Today, the world has 1.8-billion middle-class consumers; within the next 20 years it will be home to 5-billion consumers...

Hermann Erdmann 29 Dec 2016

To ring fence or not to ring fence?
To ring fence or not to ring fence?Article

During his mid-term budget speech, Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan reiterated that several measures were being explored to raise additional tax revenue for the fiscus...

Hermann Erdmann 24 Nov 2016

Tyre levy postponed to 2017
Tyre levy postponed to 2017Article

National Treasury has postponed to 2017 the implementation date of the environmental tyre levy that was meant to come into effect in October 2016...

23 Sep 2016

Making extended producer responsibility sustainable
Making extended producer responsibility sustainableArticle

Manufacturers are becoming increasingly concerned about the rising costs of product manufacturing - particularly the costs associated with the end-of-life disposal of these products...

Hermann Erdmann 16 Aug 2016

Cheri Scholtz, PETCO CEO, and Casper Durandt, Technical Manager of Coca-Cola South Africa, at the PETCO awards ceremony. Coca-Cola South Africa received the ‘Designed for Recycling’ award for their extensive range of bottles that have been designed with recycling in mind. [Photo Credit: Dominic Barnardt]
PETCO awards PET recycling achieversArticle

PETCO's AGM award ceremony recognises noteworthy contributions of individuals, companies, and organisations to the recycling of post-consumers PET in SA...

2 Aug 2016

Hermann Erdman
The future of recycling isn't what you thinkArticle

Our dominant linear 'take-make-consume-dispose' economy is unsustainable. Dwindling natural resources and growing demand are inescapable: it is only a matter of time - in some cases just decades - before certain resources will no longer be available as virgin commodities. ..

Hermann Erdman 9 Jun 2016

Hermann Erdmann, CEO, REDISA
Environmental insurance: ensuring our futureArticle

We are all aware of the importance of insurance and most people have cover to replace material possessions once lost, but it seems no-one has considered an insurance plan for the environment...

Hermann Erdman 19 May 2016

Taxing times for the tyre industry
Taxing times for the tyre industryArticle

Consumers are under pressure. Interest rates have gone up, food prices are rocketing and there has already been a huge increase in the fuel price this year. The latter is partly as a result of the 30c a litre levy...

14 Apr 2016

Staff at Anti-Waste in Polokwane
Collection companies to receive R4.6m funding from POLYCOArticle

POLYCO has announced the names of the 12 collectors of post-consumer polyolefin waste that will be receiving a total of R4.6m in grants and interest-free loans...

2 Oct 2015

Investment in long-term approach towards waste management key to success
Investment in long-term approach towards waste management key to successArticle

Plastics are one of the most used materials in today's world because of its various properties, ranging from cost saving and light weighting to durability and longevity...

Delanie Bezuidenhout 20 Apr 2015

When circular economies work
When circular economies workArticle

It is commonly accepted that the current 'take-make-dispose' linear product use approach results in massive waste...

Hermann Erdmann 20 Feb 2015

REDISA to transform SA through skills and small business development
REDISA to transform SA through skills and small business developmentArticle

The 7th Annual Global Economic Symposium (GES) is underway, hosting 600 industry representatives from across the globe to discuss and develop solutions to current global economic challenges.

4 Sep 2014

SA hosts international recycling colloquium
SA hosts international recycling colloquiumArticle

South Africa can be proud of its accomplishments in the area of plastics recycling, which is one of the key building blocks of a green economy. South Africa is clearly leading the rest of Africa in this regard, and is not lagging far behind its European counterparts with its impressive recycling figures and innovative solutions developed for recycling and waste recovery.

2 Dec 2013

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