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Meet the eco-warriors of the oil business

Used motor lubricant is dirty, hazardous stuff. Yet the collection of used oil in South Africa has provided business success stories for many eco-entrepreneurs who are not only making a living, but who are also making a difference to the...

Five ways to tread a little lighter this Earth Day

Earth Day is celebrated annually on 22 April. Now in its 49th year, Earth Day is one of the largest observances in the world with one billion people in 192 countries participating in activities each year. ‘Protect Our Species’, the theme for this...
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Waging war on plastic is not the answer

Plastics SA has taken a bold stance in the midst of worldwide calls to ban and reduce plastics: waging war on plastic is not the answer. Instead, the time has come to start waging war on plastic pollution, says Anton Hanekom, executive director of...

Managing used oil in the construction industry

The Waste Act is systematically making industry sectors responsible for managing the waste the produce, and the construction industry is no exception. But besides building and demolition waste, the industry needs to take responsibility for other...

Recyclables – the seventh resource

The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) is calling on citizens to see waste as resource and to start recycling more.   According to the Department of Environmental Affairs South Africans generated approximately 54.2 million...

REDISA commits to reviving operations

The Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of SA (Redisa) says it is committed to reviving its operations following the finding by the Supreme Court of Appeal that it was the subject of a campaign to ruin the programme. On 24 January 2019,...
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Keeping used oil out of the environment

As the pollution of rivers and dams takes the spotlight for water month, the ROSE Foundation is calling on South Africans to store and recycle used oil responsibly. The water infrastructure in many South African towns and cities is already under...