Waste volumes in South Africa continue to rise due to increased consumerism and use of packaging. As landfill space in South Africa is rapidly disappearing it is important that South Africans do their part to reduce the volume of waste that is disposed of in landfills by reducing consumption, and implementing reuse and recycling practises. Sound waste management practises (in accordance with the National Environmental Waste Management Amendment Act [Act 26 of 2014]), at the farm, business or home are essential to contribute to sustainability.
Below you will find the waste act in an simplified form:
For the full version of the National Environmental Management: Waste Amendment Act 2014 click on the lick below:
The Western Cape Industrial Symbiosis Programme (WISP) is a free facilitation service that promotes resource efficiency by connecting companies so that they can identify and realise the business opportunities that exist by exchanging under-utilised, or residual resources, with other companies. In short they link one company that needs to get rid of their waste with another company that can use that waste.
Resources may include, but are not limited to:
- Materials: wood, plastics, food waste, ewaste, metals
- Expertise: ISO 9000, ISO 14000, OSHAS 18001, best practice
- Capacity: under-utilised equipment, labour
- Logistics: transport, warehouse facilities, land
- Water and Energy: waste heat, steam, borehole, process
Since its inception in April 2013, WISP has grown an industrial symbiosis network of over 150 organisations. Within the network more than 700 under-utilised resources have been identified and over 1500 potential resource exchanges exist.
To date (Aug 2015), in the following benefits have been achieved by the WISP network:
- 596 tonnes of waste diverted from landfill
- R4.21 million of addition revenue to companies
- R5.55 million in cost savings to companies
- R100,000 in private investment
- 3,300 tonnes of fossil GHG savings
- 14 temporary and 10 new permanent jobs created
For more info visit the links below or contact us.