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Image: Delegates share solutions toward a zero-waste future at WasteCon 2018 Key role players in the waste and environmental management industries gathered at the Emperor’s Palace in Johannesburg for the 24th biennial WasteCon conference and exhibition which took place from 15 to 19 October 2018. WasteCon is the flagship event of the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA)   Read More...



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Image: Woolworths Trials Plastic Bag Free Store Woolworths kicks off National Marine Week with the announcement of a ‘plastic bag free’ store and reusable bag awareness campaign.
Following the announcement of its commitment to phase out single-use shopping bags by 2020, Woolworths is launching a new in-store reusable bag trial. The trial aims to test whether, given a choice of a more affordable reusable bag, consumers will make the shift away from buying single-use plastic shopping bags.   Read More...



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Image: Going further than just #plasticfreejuly Experts at WasteCon2018 to discuss long term waste management solutions
After the hype surrounding #plasticfreejuly and the war on straws soars to new heights, the question is: How do we all take our waste conscious attitude further in a truly sustainable way? “Ultimately, we should aim for zero waste ending up at a landfill, so the #plasticfree challenge really should continue throughout the year,” says Leon Grobbelaar, President of the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA).   Read More...



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Image: Bye Bye, Plastic India plans to eliminate single-use plastic by 2022.

This is one of the most ambitious commitments to tackle plastic pollution in the world. (Habitat)   Read More...




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Image: Here's what you NEED to know about the Carbon Tax. The South African government has committed to ambitious greenhouse gas emissions reductions of 34% by 2020 and 42% by 2025.  The carbon tax will help them meet these reduction targets and is currently scheduled to come into effect from January 2019.   Read More...



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Image:  Clean-Up Day brings community and cross-sector partners together Schoolchildren, Government, Companies and NPOs working together to drive environmental awareness and education through a large-scale clean-up day.

More than 1 400 schoolchildren and volunteers were expected to take part. Representatives from Qhubeka, Miss Earth South Africa (MESA), Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA), Pikitup and City of Johannesburg’s Transport Department will be present - working together in Orlando East, Soweto, to drive environmental awareness and education in the region   Read More...




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Image: Africa’s pollution crisis warning But Africa was also pioneering new methods and activities to counter plastic pollution.

As the second most polluted continent, Africa must take both the responsibility and opportunity to pioneer world-leading waste management methods to avoid an environmental and socio-economic disaster, experts warn. Ribbink, chief executive officer of the Sustainable Seas Trust, believes that while there is a certain amount of gloom and doom surrounding the pollution problem, a lot of good is also being done*.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: Greening Your Conference With a huge push for businesses to go green, it’s important to walk the talk and what better opportunity to do this than when planning a conference? “Companies need to demonstrate to their key stakeholders exactly how they are reducing their own carbon footprint. An ideal platform to showcase one’s commitment to going green is at a conference where delegates are able to have a first-hand experience of working and living the ‘green way’,” says Jan Palm, President of the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA)   Read More...



COMPANY NEWS , Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront has announced a no plastic straw initiative This aims to cease plastic straw usage by the hotel, and in future to only use straws which are biodegradable.

This is in line with their environmental and sustainability strategy which saw them taking some groundbreaking initiatives to reduce water consumptions and, amongst other accolades, becoming the first hotel in Cape Town to use seawater in their swimming pool.   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Environment & Bio-diversity, Health
Image: C-suite sets an Action Agenda in Davos CEO Leadership on the Global Sanitation Crisis-world leaders gathered to discuss economic, social and political agendas at the World Economic Forum

The acceleration of sanitation systems that are designed for inclusion, circularity and to leverage new technology trends such as big data and the internet of things requires new levels of business and societal leadership today to realise benefits in this decade.    Read More...




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Image: Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages to pursue ways to help with the provision of water to Cape Town This forms part of its commitment to helping the City mitigate the impact of Day Zero.
The “prepared water” will be provided in a 2-litre recyclable PET bottle, said Priscilla Urquhart, Public Affairs and Communications Manager at CCPB. The bottles will be clearly marked “not for resale” and would also be produced to supply to emergency sites as determined by the Provincial Task Team on Water and the Disaster Risk Management team.   Read More...



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Image: WE INSPIRE A BUILT ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH PEOPLE & PLANET THRIVE GBCSA's 10 Years of Inspiring Better Buildings Publication - claim your free member copies

GBCSA's 10 Years of Inspiring Better Buildings coffee table book tells the stories of the first ten years of the GBCSA.  It captures the context, initiators, early adopters, innovators, and the buildings that inspired a generation and enabled South Africa to become regarded among the leaders in green building world wide.    Read More...




HEADLINES, Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: Waste-wise wisdom for the festive season It’s that time of the year when many of us go a little crazy giving loads of gifts and indulging in far too much food. The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) would like to give everyone some waste-wise advice this festive season, to reduce their environmental impact by looking for ways to minimise the amount of household waste which is eventually diverted to landfill.   Read More...



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Image: Green Building Convention celebrates a decade of green The 10th annual Green Building Convention took place from 9 – 11 October 2017 and convened more than 50 local & international speakers & 500 delegates

More than 50 local and international speakers and 500 delegates attended the event at the new Century City Conference Centre and Hotel in Cape Town. Standard Bank, Growthpoint Properties, Lafarge, Rabie Property Group and the Century City Conference Centre and Hotel and Enel Energy demonstrated their firm commitment to green building by sponsoring the event.   Read More...




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Image: Know where your waste goes The waste management hierarchy1 ranks waste management options in order of preference according to the type of waste, and therefore the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) recognises the importance of putting emphasis on the hierarchy in its upcoming its flagship conference, WasteCon 2018.   Read More...



HEADLINES, Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: Recycling your way to the BANK. The Waste Minimization and Recycling Interest Group (WMRIG) had a massive turn out in Philippi, Cape Town, where 80 locally based entrepreneurs where shown how to literally turn their plastic into cash. This initiative was held in October 2017, and involved 3 organizations at the forefront of their industry, Petco (PET bottles), Polyco (other plastics) and PRASA (paper recyclers).   Read More...



HEADLINES, Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: Turn Your Waste Into Nutrient-Rich Soil WHY COMPOSTING IS THE GREENEST THING YOU CAN DO - The amount of urban waste being produced is growing faster than the rate of urbanisation. According to the World Bank by 2025 there will be 1.4 billion more people living in cities worldwide, with each person producing an average of 1.42kg of municipal solid waste per day.   Read More...



HEADLINES, Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: Landfill 2017 to take place at operational landfill site “South Africa has 876 landfill sites that receive municipal waste. This fact alone indicates how important it is for waste management professionals across all sectors to gather together to look at best practices and new technology,” says Jan Palm, president of the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA).   Read More...



COMPANY NEWS , Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: In Support of Responsible Recycling 16 September marked National Recycling Day SA, which aims to increase awareness by educating community about social, environmental & economic benefits

Novus Holdings, the commercial printing and manufacturing company with head offices in Cape Town, identified the Oasis Association as a sustainable and aligned beneficiary to show their support of National Recycling Day SA.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Environment & Bio-diversity
Image: We're celebrating Greenpop's 7th birthday They say that 7-year cycles are significant and bring reflection and important shifts

I want to say a huge thank you for joining the Greenpop community in the past 7 years - you have been part of our formative years and I am deeply grateful for your part in getting us to this point. Every person who has opened our newsletter, attended an event, helped us with a project or gotten their hands dirty has played a part in getting us here - thank you!   Read More...



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