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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...

A multi-million rand colour spectrum

Nampak’s new state-of-the-art glass recycling facility that crushes, cleans and sorts glass according to colour, utilising equipment imported from Austria – forming part of the company’s overall commitment to increase recycling rates across all...

Live up to recycling

The month of September is dedicated to recycling. Although everyone should adopt recycling as part of their lifestyle, millions are still hesitant to adopt the change. In South Africa, 16 September is officially marked National Recycling Day...

African footprint for landfill gas: life beyond CDM?

LFG projects continue to hold their place in the carbon markets comprising 17% of CDM projects, but waste managers need to consider post Kyoto strategies for new projects. In 2009, the Carbon Market reached US$144 billion dollars, up from US$118...

Sugar cane in tyre production

“If we could switch the tyres on the world’s cars overnight to the best materials that are currently available, this alone would save up to 20 billion litres of fuel annually, reducing CO₂ emissions by 50 million metric tons a year.” Dr Axel...

Packaging best practice

Industrial packaging is designed and manufactured to specifications for the different risk classes of industrial products to be safe and secure in transport and use worldwide; and collection, reprocess and reuse is global best practice. The...