SA’s proposed carbon tax is ‘token’

Forty-nine stakeholder comments on the long-awaited second draft of the Carbon Tax Bill were received by National Treasury by 9 March 2018, and a revised Bill is expected to be tabled before Parliament by mid-2018. The proposed cost has been set at R120/t of CO2 equivalent, although the process of working out how much a polluter will be liable for is subject to complicated formulae outlined … Continue reading SA’s proposed carbon tax is ‘token’

Darling Brew goes carbon neutral

Darling Brew, a craft brewery based in the town of Darling in the Western Cape, has been declared Africa’s first carbon neutral brewery. The brewery is expected to offset a total of 687.96 tons of carbon dioxide over the next year. This will be equivalent to having eliminated the same amount of carbon from the environment as 17 829 tree seedlings having grown for 10 … Continue reading Darling Brew goes carbon neutral

R1.4bn from plastic bag levy put to good use, says DEA

Over R1.4billion has been collected since 2004 through the plastic bag levy that consumers pay for plastic shopping bags at till points. The levy, which increased to 12c/plastic bag (from 8c) on 1 April 2018, is worked into the cost of the plastic bag and is paid by the manufacturer of the bag to SARS. The purpose of this environmental tax is to assist in … Continue reading R1.4bn from plastic bag levy put to good use, says DEA

Drought pushes WC plastic recyclers to maximum production

Demand for plastic bottles in the Western Cape is at an all-time high due to the drought and the changes this has brought about in water consumption. As a result, local recycling capacity in the Western Cape is at maximum production and unable to process the additional influx of bottles. To avoid these excess bottles being sent to landfill, Petco members have teamed up to … Continue reading Drought pushes WC plastic recyclers to maximum production