Treasury to investigate single-use plastics tax

In the 2019 Budget, National Treasury stated that “government will investigate a tax on single-use plastics including straws, caps, beverage cups and lids, and containers to curb their use and encourage recycling.” This will come as part of the draft Environmental Fiscal Reform Policy Paper, which National Treasury says it will publish this year. This paper will outline options to reform existing environmental taxes to … Continue reading Treasury to investigate single-use plastics tax

Award-winning Two Dam Sustainable project set for growth

Over the Langeberg mountains and far away, a dilapidated farm has been transformed into a thriving off-grid Net Zero Carbon certified trout farm and self-catering accommodation. Soon, three new off-grid natural buildings will be added to the existing accommodation available to visitors. About four years ago, Vivian and Marco Harms, who were working near the Kruger National Park as a conservationist and a lodge manager, … Continue reading Award-winning Two Dam Sustainable project set for growth

Design for recycling

Petco, the plastic bottle recycling industry body, will soon release a guideline document with information on what to consider when designing bottles, to ensure improved recyclability. Petco, is also piloting a tool to rate the recyclability of different plastic bottles. The organisation hopes to share this with its members and is seeking input on how to ensure the tool is as accurate and user-friendly as possible. … Continue reading Design for recycling

Old Mutual aims for Net Zero Water

Old Mutual’s Cape Town head office, Mutualpark, is aiming for a Net Zero Water certification from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA), after officially going ‘off the water grid’ in August 2018, thanks to dedicated long-term efficiency and savings, and a massive blackwater filtration plant. The 166 000 square metre office, which accommodates about 9 000 employees and contractors is one of the … Continue reading Old Mutual aims for Net Zero Water

Coffee beans to biofuels

A multi-million rand coffee-waste-to-biofuels plant is being built by South African recycling company Verda Waste. Based in Johannesburg, the plant is scheduled to be up and running by mid-2019. The industrial plant aims to recycle 17 million kilograms/year of waste coffee grounds into 1.8 million litres/year of biodiesel and 4.5 million kilograms/year of biomass pellets and fire logs, explains Verda Waste MD Fischer Khambule. The … Continue reading Coffee beans to biofuels

Hammaring away

The Hammarsdale Waste Beneficiation Centre (HWBC)   When last did you hear of a construction project coming in ahead of schedule, under-budget and surpassing local labour requirements? It’s happened at the Hammarsdale Waste Beneficiation Centre (HWBC) in KwaZulu-Natal, where contractor Robertson & Poole paid great attention to community liaison and embraced the concept of building with alternative building technologies (ABTs). “The contractor has been fantastic. … Continue reading Hammaring away