The Wastewant Youth Recycling Co-Operative Limited is a youth owned operation, which aims to keep youth off the street and facilitate youth development by creating jobs for young people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Considering that we produce about 300 million tons of plastic per year, the bulk of which is not being reused or recycled, reports of disturbingly polluted oceans are bound to only get more shocking in time.
Ensure that glass doesn’t end up in the waste stream at landfills can only be achieved through education, marketing and capacity building.
To say our growing stockpiles of non-degradable plastic waste are an environmental headache has to be the understatement of the century. However, thanks to Somerset West inventor William Graham, this highly problematic waste has just become a valuable resource.
The first-ever summit to focus specifically on the issue of marine debris around the African continent will be taking place during World Environmental Week and World Ocean Day, 6-8 June 2013, in Cape Town, South Africa.
According to avid Green Times reader Maurice Britten, the powers that be have not been very receptive to attempts to bring recycling depots and initiatives to the beautiful tourist town of Parys in the Free State.
Currently in its fifth year, the hugely successful 'Bread Tags for Wheelchairs' project encourages people around the country to collect their breadtags which are then used to “purchase” wheelchairs for people who need them.
“The issue is not about ‘sustainable packaging,’ but about the role of packaging in sustainability," said Sheryl Ozinsky of POLYCO at the ‘Smart Design for Recycling' workshop held recently.
Michael Baretta and Camilla Howard received a warm welcome at their Kosi Bay destination following seven months trekking across and cleaning South Africa’s shoreline. They collected 7 155kg of litter, and educated locals along the way about the importance of looking after the environment.
Public hearings to discuss the Proposed Listed Atmospheric Emission Activities Amendments, published by the Department of Environmental Affairs in November last year, will most likely start later this month.
An exciting announcement was made last week of new technology to turn recycled scrap polystyrene into building material for houses. Now is the time to see to it that all your used polystyrene is recycled as loads will be needed to build one million houses.
Of 1,3 million tons of plastic manufactured in our country, only 250 000 tons was recycled in 2011 – and most of that was post-consumer waste. This means that a big chunk more could have been recycled, according to Jacques Lightfoot, Sustainability Manager of Plastics SA.
Climate change and sustainable development are two of the biggest issues facing society today. It is increasingly important for companies to reduce the environmental impacts of products and services through their entire life cycle.
The duckweed family are some of the smallest, simplest, and fastest growing plants of the botanical world. Yet, despite their unassuming nature, these tiny fronds are making a huge splash in wastewater management.
One day soon, people in South Africa will be subjected to radioactive particles in everyday household goods. According to a group of concerned activism organisations, our country is heading down a radioactive metal "recycling" road.
Cleaning up the nearly 20,000kg of waste from the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon in Cape Town this past weekend was no sweat for Nampak Liquid and Plastics SA. Together, they've supported the extensive cleanup operations that form part of the event's successful management strategy.
19-year-old Boyan Slat has unveiled plans to create an Ocean Cleanup Array that could remove 7,250,000 tons of plastic waste from the world’s oceans.
The role players of SA's plastics industry made use of the opportunity to air their views on matters relating to sustainability and recycling during the first-ever industry specific conference, held in Joburg eariler this month.
Did you know that 45% of used plastic beverage bottles are now recycled in our country, saving 75 420 tonnes of carbon per year? Congratulations go to PETCO for their excellent efforts to protect our environment.
“I have a confession to make. I wasn't born a greenie, I didn't have a passion for it at high school or anything like that. I was actually in banking, believe it or not.”