Next-Gen On-Site Thermophilic Waste Digesting Extremophile Machine

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A UK specialist in the on-site reduction of solid and liquid organic waste, Advetec,  has launched the an evolution of its Bio-Thermic Digester (BTD) technology. The Advetec XO is designed to rapidly reduce the organic content within waste at source, cutting off-site transportation and processing costs and helping companies achieve zero waste to landfill. Designed initially for industrial food and drink manufacturers who currently pay for organic waste disposal to be collected and processed off-site, the Advetec XO is a small footprint, fully contained on-site solution, delivering a 60% to…

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China bans foreign waste – but what will happen to the world’s recycling?

The dominant position that China holds in global manufacturing means that for many years China has also been the largest global importer of many types of recyclable materials. Last year, Chinese manufacturers imported 7.3m metric tonnes of waste plastics from developed countries including the UK, the EU, the US and Japan. © paul Prescott – 123RF.com However, in July 2017, China announced big changes in the quality control placed on imported materials, notifying the World Trade Organisation that it will ban imports of 24 categories of recyclables and solid waste by the end of the year. This campaign against yang laji or…

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India’s New Roads Are Made With Recycled Plastic

Plastic roads are more durable than asphalt ones, cheaper to build, and better for the environment. By Phineas Ruecke The 1967 film “The Graduate” may have said it best: “There’s a great future in plastics.” Adidas is making shoes and swimsuits with recycled ocean plastic, refugees are building shelters with plastic bottles, and in Haiti women are turning plastic bottles into ink cartridges. Now, India is building roads with recycled plastic. And for the past five years, one part of the Indian subcontinent has been leading the way. Take Action:…

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Polyco Brings International Expert to South Africa to Share Solutions on Marine Pollution

Considering the millions of tonnes of plastic and other discarded material that go from the land into the sea every year, it’s no wonder that there is no place in the ocean that is free of it. We need to respect the oceans and take care of them as if our lives depended on it, because they do.   This is according to world-renowned oceanographer and explorer, Dr Sylvia Earle who was brought to South Africa by Polyco to deliver the keynote address at the recently held inaugural African Marine…

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Working together to keep oil away from the environment

There has been a fair amount of news about recycling in automotive-related industries. Most of it has been about the demise of Redisa, the tyre recycling agency. But what about waste oil? Those who generate more than 20kg of hazardous waste a day are required to register on the National Waste Information System and to report on the volumes generated and taken away for recycling. Those who fail to comply with the regulations set out by legislation face penalties such as fines or even jail time. It is the legal…

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An impactful solution

Issued by: Mpact Plastics 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. The plastics converting sector is no exception to this consideration. For the plastics converting sector, the solution lays in no single participant, but through collaboration, with a number of stakeholders, viz. the decision-makers, typically the brand owners, the influencers, typically the consumers, and the facilitators, typically the convertors such as…

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Solving problems from the bottom up

Given the dire state of our country’s water and energy reserves, one can find comfort in the knowledge that individuals such as Lauren Hermanus live among us. A specialist in sustainable development, Hermanus focuses on the green economy, sustainable energy and urban resilience. She works with individuals and organisations locally and around the world in curating, studying and designing solutions that support more environmentally sustainable social and economic development. “If you’re working in a dynamic and complex system, there’s a huge amount of uncertainty,” said Hermanus. “And so, all the…

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Urban wastewater for food security: Averting the next health crisis in Africa

BY: CHRISTOPHER A. SCOTT Wastewater from sewage that is churned out by expanding cities and towns worldwide helps meet food security globally, especially in developing regions. It is the one resource (unlike land, labour, or fresh water) that is continuously growing in volume and used to cultivate vegetables, grains, animal feed, and fish at a larger scale than we ever realised. A new study shows how widespread this practice is among farmers who grow our food. Using satellite images, Geo spatial data sets, and computer modelling of the water cycle, the report estimates…

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Polyolefin plastic recycling contributes R1.7bn to economy

Polyolefin plastic recycling contributes R1.7bn to economy

R1.7 billion was contributed towards the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) last year from the recycling of 177,000 tonnes of polyolefin plastics. This was announced by Polyco’s chairman Jeremy Mackintosh at the company’s recent Annual General Meeting (AGM). While these recycling efforts created more than 14,000 jobs, Mackintosh said 363,000 tonnes of polyolefin plastics, such as milk and detergent bottles, bread bags and assorted food containers, was not recycled last year. This means that the country is losing out on potential GDP growth and much needed employment opportunities. Also announced…

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#YouthMonth: How Repurpose Schoolbags give a child choice, not charity

By: Sindy Peters Since its launch in 2013, Rethaka has manufactured and distributed 10,000 Repurpose Schoolbags in six African countries, recycling 400,000 plastic bags in the process. What began as a school assignment has flourished into a successful social enterprise that’s gained international recognition. Each Repurpose Schoolbag is made entirely from repurposed plastic and has a solar-powered lantern attached that charges during the day and enables studying to continue at night. To get some insight into the business and how it operates, we interviewed Rethaka brand manager Phemelo Segoe. What…

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