The Importance Of Recycling In South Africa

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Get with the (Recycling) Programme Recycling is becoming the centre focus in South Africa’s environmental efforts. Going ‘green’ is more about simply recycling waste products, but it is the logical and easy place to start. It takes next to no time, and can be done in the home, office, school or anywhere. Due to the increasing popularity of recycling initiatives, and the support from large companies, many exciting developments in this industry are arising. South African Recycling Regulations and Legislations The regulation of plastic, especially plastic shopping bags, is documented in South Africa’s Regulation Gazette No. 7661. This regulation, effective since 2003, outlaws the manufacture or trade of plastic bags that exceed a thickness of…show more content…
No persons may use, produce or sell PCBs, with the intention that by 2023, no PCBs will be present in South African industries. Vehicle tyres must also, according to the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, be properly recycled or disposed of in a manner that does not cause harm to the environment. Responsibility is placed on recycling companies, tyre manufacturers and dealers, and individual vehicle owners alike to ensure the safe recycling of…show more content…
This includes collection trucks with automated loading capabilities, which additionally provides more security and efficiency because the drivers can remain in the vehicle. This efficiency saves on collection times, load capacities and other benefits that in themselves increase environmental safety. Because it is often cheaper and easier to manufacture products from virgin materials, companies are focussing on diversion programs to defend recycling as a feasible economic pursuit. These include approaches to resource reallocation, and strengthening a circular economy, i.e. resupplying recycled materials as secondary resources. Government and businesses are encouraged to promote recycling through changes in procurement processes especially. The growth of composting programs, especially in farming and rural areas of South Africa, has great environmental benefits. Not only does it reduce the need for artificial compost and fertilisers that can pose health risks as well as ozone damage, but it reduces the amount of organic waste ending up in landfills or polluting the streets. CNG technology is also taking the recycling industry by storm. CNG, or compressed natural gas, particularly methane, can be converted into a clean, alternative energy source. This technology provides a cleaner and more cost-effective business

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