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Recycling villages

An exciting recycling initiative was launched in the Katorus and Greater Alberton areas, which will initially be piloted by Monde School in Kathelong and will provide surrounding communities with the facilities to recycle. Adding sustainability to...

Renewable heating technology

Domestic space and water heating contributes to a significant amount of an average home’s CO₂ emissions, therefore reducing these is of paramount importance. In order to reduce CO₂ emissions, we need to seek new, more effective means of heating...

COP 17 and the Kyoto Protocol

The recent Conference of Parties, COP 17, meeting in Durban was its usual rollercoaster ride, ending with a surprise commitment by most of the 200 countries which took part to continue the Kyoto Protocol, along with a draft of other climate change...

Green washing or step in the right direction?

A petrochemicals group involved in affordable housing made from mining and manufacturing by-products, as well as an Eco Industrial Park in the hub of the Free State? Could the world’s largest maker of motor fuels from coal and one of South Africa’s...

Who will pay the price of carbon tax?

Over and above assessing the direct carbon tax cost in South Africa once the verdict is published by National Treasury in February 2012, the country must count the indirect cost of the tax on the competitiveness of its logistics and supply chain...

Privatisation of waste management

Looking back at waste management over the last 25 years, there have been many changes South Africa has experienced. Many things have changed for the good but unfortunately despite these positive changes, there some aspects that never change and, in...

Finding rewards in waste

Environmental solutions company, Interwaste Holdings, is not just focused on environmental protection but is a firm believer in giving back to the less fortunate – creating a sustainable future for all South Africans. Listed South African company,...

Sharps disposal practices

Wentworth Hospital is a district-level hospital in Durban that sees almost 12 000 outpatients per month. The hospital pharmacy dispenses about 5 000 insulin pen sets monthly, each with a needle, to patients. There is no record of any sharps being...