Waste

Plant a seed, grow an idea

With South Africa as a gateway to Africa, corporate SA should generate a proactive view toward changing and growing the country. And upliftment through sustainability is an ideal way to start. South Africa, like most developing countries, is...

Local carton recycling mill turns trash to cash

South Africans generate more than 12 million tons of household waste per annum. One portion of the waste that could see more recycling is carton, the paper-based packaging used to safely package food, milk and juices. Of the millions of tons of...
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Machine fleet, operation and sanitary landfills

When it comes to mobile equipment operation in sanitary landfills, there are multiple choices in terms of machine types, sizes and options. The purpose of this paper is to provide guidance to landfill site managers in these critical choices, by...
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Less smoke, more mirrors

For African countries, solar power is the solution to coal-based electricity supply – but this is easier said than done! Where does Africa really stand on solar power, and is our current coal supply dwindling? A shocking estimate of 1.5 billion...

Development of coastal setback lines

An Overberg District case study The impacts of global climate change are mostly felt in coastal areas – the dynamic zones where oceanic and terrestrial forces meet. The coastline of South Africa has witnessed a marked increase in the intensity and...

Connecting the dots

Worldwide, leaders are waking up to the fact that climate change is real. But can the recent spurge of natural disasters and harsh weather conditions be used as evidence to plead this case? As the United States prepared for Christmas in 2010, its...

The destruction of pharmaceuticals

The pharmacist is the custodian of the nation’s medicines. Stuart Hamilton stresses that this must include the very hackneyed environmental phrase ‘from cradle to grave’. Role and responsibilities of the pharmacist Creation of the medicine A...

The future of waste pickers in South Africa

Waste pickers, as they have been dubbed, are individuals who make an independent living reclaiming recyclable waste from the waste stream, predominantly from landfill sites, and selling it on to recycling companies. Even the South African Waste...