IWMSA workshop addresses the topic “The Waste Act – One Year On”

It is a year and a half since the introduction of the Waste Act; the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) recently hosted a workshop in Midrand to debate the issue of “The Waste Act – One Year on”.

“Waste generation continues to expand uninhibited in South Africa and the waste management facilities, both new and existing, are battling to keep up despite significant investment from government in this area,” said Obed Baloyi, Director of Waste Policy and Information Management for the Department of Environmental Affairs and Project Director for the National Waste Management Strategy.

This is one of the issues currently being addressed by the National Waste Management Strategy (NWMS) which is in its final phase. The strategy addresses a wide set of targets and objectives to be achieved by both government and industries. It will be the tool by which the objectives of the Waste Act will be achieved over the next five years.

Suzan Oelofse, Chairperson of the Central Branch of the IWMSA elaborates, “The National Environmental Management: Waste Act, 2008 (Act No 59 of 2008) came into effect on 1 July 2009 and all previously fragmented legal requirements pertaining to waste management are now consolidated into this law. Within two years from the enactment of the Waste Act, a National Waste Management Strategy (NWMS) must be established to guide the implementation of the Act. The NWMS may include targets for waste reduction (Section 6(2)), whilst Section 7 of the Act states that the Minister must set national norms and standards for the classification of waste; planning for and the provision of waste management services; and storage, treatment and disposal of waste, including the planning and operation of waste treatment and disposal facilities.”

What the boom in waste generation highlights is the requirement for effective waste minimisation strategies to address the overflow. It also demonstrates the economic potential of the sector; that there is great scope for increased job creation and GDP in the sector.

“In this regard,” Oelofse explains that, “other national norms and standards to be set in terms of the Act (Section 8) are for minimisation, re-use, recycling and recovery of waste, including the separation of waste at the point of generation; extended producer responsibility; the regionalisation of waste management services and the remediation of contaminated land and soil quality,”

Baloyi outlined what has been achieved to date in terms of new strategies, plans and policies and the lessons that have been learned through this process, both the successes and the challenges. Baloyi also discussed the way forward and the future plans of DEA regarding the Waste Act. The Department’s primary focus has been on policy development up until this point as no comprehensive and acceptable Waste Management Policy existed previously. The issue of waste collection backlogs dating back to 2005 also had to be addressed. Going forward regulations will need to be finalised and then enforced.

Successful implementation of the Act will undoubtedly see significant changes in the way waste is managed in South Africa.  Municipalities, as responsible authorities, will have to get their house in order, address waste service backlog and implement waste reduction strategies as a matter of priority but even more so, the culture of consumerism needs to be changed.  The successful implementation of this Act relies heavily on the involvement and positive contributions of every South African citizen.

The Department is positive about the future of the Waste Act thanks to the implementation of a national framework, a broader approach to planning, commitment from the private sector and leadership on a national level.

For more information on the IWMSA or National Waste Act visit www.iwmsa.co.za

IWMSA e-Waste Collection Day at Cape Gate Mall

The e-Waste Alliance (EWA), together with the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA), and the City of Cape Town’s “WasteWise” campaign is delighted to announce its second public e-Waste Collection Drive. This will be taking place at the Cape Gate Mall in Brackenfell on Saturday, 26 March, from 09h00 to 17h00.

The e-Waste Alliance is calling on all households and businesses to bring along and drop off any type of old or used e-waste, while seeing demonstrations about the services, products and projects offered by EWA and its members.

Just PCs, an e-Waste Alliance partner, will be sponsoring a raffle prize of a fully refurbished computer to a lucky participant on the day. In addition “Zibi the Ostrich” the official mascot of WasteWise will be there to help educate young and old about recycling, and how to avoid littering and dumping.

So what exactly is e-Waste? According to Susanne Dittke, e-Waste Alliance Co-ordinator, “It is any unwanted equipment such as computers, printers, fax machines, cell phones, toasters, microwaves, or any other electrical or electronic goods or direct parts thereof. Everything in the home or at the workplace that is driven by electricity, including battery operated toys, falls into this category.”

With the increasing proliferation of new, smaller, and faster electronic technology, and the resultant outdating of existing equipment, electronic waste is now one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world.

Dittke gives the assurance that “Your e-waste will be re-furbished, repaired, re-used or recycled. All materials will be handled according to integrated waste management principles and in the most environmentally safe manner.”

Dittke is passionate about the role of the e-Waste Alliance in creating awareness around e-Waste, and says, “The e-Waste Alliance provides a constructive solution to the problems associated with the disposal of electronic waste. It can often be given a second lease on life by being used elsewhere, or through recovery of special materials and components. It can also lead to the creation of jobs or development of new skills in the community.”

The e-Waste Alliance is a non-profit organisation which helps to coordinate responsible management of the entire electronic waste (e-waste) stream in a one-stop shop format. For more information contact Susanne Dittke on +27 (0) 21 532 0940, or +27 (0) 83 462 6665, email: envirosense@xsinet.co.za or visit www.ewastealliance.co.za or www.iwmsa.co.za

PenBev - Cape Argus Pick n Pay MTB Challenge

Participants at the Cape Argus Pick n Pay MTB Challenge event on Sunday 06 March 2011 enjoying the refreshing Coca-Cola beverages sponsored by Peninsula Beverage Company (PenBev), local bottler of The Coca-Cola Company’s products. For many years PenBev has been committed to sponsoring all the logistics associated with preparing and supplying the beverages to all the participants during the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Lifecycle Week events. Annually a total of 100 000 litres of water, 65 000 litres of Coca-Cola, 82 500 litres of Powerade and 100 tons of ice are sponsored by PenBev at these events.

PenBev keeps Cycle Tour refreshed

Peninsula Beverage Company (PenBev), local bottler of The Coca-Cola Company’s products, are proud to announce that they will again be the exclusive non-alcoholic beverage partner for this year's Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour taking place on 13 March 2011.

For many years PenBev has been committed to sponsoring all the logistics associated with preparing and supplying the beverages to all the participants not only for the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour, but also for the Lifecycle Week events that take place in the run-up to the main event. These events include the Cape Argus Lifecycle Expo (10-12 March), the Cape Argus Pick n Pay MTB Challenge on 05 and 06 March, the Columbia Grape Escape on 04 to 06 March and the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Tricycle and Junior Tour on 12 March. Annually a total of 100 000 litres of water, 65 000 litres of Coca-Cola, 82 500 litres of Powerade and 100 tons of ice are sponsored by PenBev at these events.

“We are proud to be associated with the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Lifecycle Week as the funds raised are distributed to the many charities and worthy organisations under the auspices of the Pedal Power Association and the Rotary Club of Claremont,” says Richard Berrill, Sports Asset Manager at PenBev. Berrill confirmed that, “All the non-alcoholic refreshments, logistics and resources involved in getting the refreshments to the participants are sponsored by PenBev,” and explained “PenBev’s team is keen to walk the talk and to refresh both the participants and consumers who attend this event and the events leading up to the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour.”

PenBev is actively involved in a number of environmental and educational initiatives to promote an active, healthy lifestyle under the ‘Live for a Difference’ banner which is their commitment to making a positive difference in the communities they serve by redesigning the way they work and live so that sustainability forms part of everything they do.

PenBev is an independent bottling company that holds the rights to manufacture and distribute the products of The Coca-Cola Company within the Western and Northern Cape.

For more information on PenBev and their CSI activities contact Denise Green at PenBev on 021 936 5500 or visit www.penbev.co.za.  For more information on the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour visit www.cycletour.co.za.

Reminder to register for the RPMASA International Transport and Environment Conference 07-09 March 2011

It has been confirmed that His Worship the Mayor of eThekwini Municipality, Councillor Obed Mlaba will be opening the Responsible Packaging Management Association of Southern Africa (RPMASA)’s second biennial Conference and Exhibition on the Transport of Dangerous Goods and the Environment on the evening of 07 March 2011 with a welcome reception at the Durban ICC.

With just over a week to go before the opening of the RPMASA’s second biennial Conference and Exhibition on the Transport of Dangerous Goods and the Environment on 07 March at the ICC in Durban, the Association are calling on interested parties that have not yet registered to attend and/or to exhibit at the event to do so soon to avoid disappointment.

Liz Anderson, President of the RPMASA has indicated, “During the conference we aim to provide delegates with access to international and local experts to share messages of critical importance to those in the packaging and supply chain of chemicals and consumer dangerous goods industries in South Africa as well as globally. This conference is an opportune time for delegates to increase their knowledge of domestic and international regulations, thus avoiding costly mistakes and fines, and saving money. There will also be several opportunities at breaks and while relaxing at the Conference dinner at uShaka Marine World for delegates to learn, explore and exchange ideas while networking with industry leaders, regulators and other hazmat professionals”.

Delegates will also have access to exhibits of the latest technology and regulatory compliance publications, products, and services.

Media interview opportunities in both Johannesburg and Durban are still available prior to the event as well as during the course of the conference. To set up an interview contact Lindi Berrino on 082 720 5147 or lindi@reputationmatters.co.za

To participate in the conference contact Chantelle or Tracey by email conf@rpmasa.org.za or call 032 942 8256/0 or 032 815 1018 or visit the RPMASA website at www.rpmasa.org.za

Over 40 Million Virtual Gifts Sold in 2010 by Mobile Social Entertainment Leader mig33

mig33, the world’s largest mobile-first community, today announced that its members purchased more than 40 million virtual gifts in 2010, with sales more than doubling in several countries during the year’s final six months.

Overall, virtual gift sales at mig33 grew sharply over the course of the year.  During Q1, sales averaged just over 2 million per month; by Q4, that figure had grown to well over 4 million.

mig33 is modeled on successful East Asian social networking services such as Japan’s GREE and China's Tencent QQ, valued at USD$2.5 billion and $43 billion, respectively. However, mig33 differentiates itself by bringing mobile community and entertainment to billions of consumers residing in the emerging, mobile-first markets of Indonesia, India, South Africa, and many others.

“Virtual gifts were a focal point of mig33’s development efforts around social entertainment in 2010, and our efforts there were well-rewarded,” said CEO Steven Goh.  “We continue to customize our offerings, developing to local cultures and tastes, and view gifts as one part of a whole network of entertainment and communications services.  Those are the things that set mig33 apart as we seek to become the QQ for the rest of the mobile-first world.”

The world’s bestselling virtual gifts include the “Big Hug” “Kiss,” and “Best Friend” items.

About mig33

mig33 is the world’s largest mobile-first social entertainment service, connecting over 40 million registered members around the world with chat and entertainment everyday, and hosting a fast-growing virtual economy.  Launched in late 2005, mig33 is backed by Silicon Valley venture firms Accel Partners, Redpoint Ventures and DCM, GREE Inc. and many others.  For more information, visit www.mig33.com.

RPMASA to host second International Transport and Environment Conference in March 2011

The Responsible Packaging Management Association of Southern Africa (RPMASA), in partnership with the City of Durban and the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry, will be hosting their second biennial Conference and Exhibition regarding the transport of dangerous goods and the environment from 07 to 09 March 2011 at the International Convention Centre in Durban. The theme of the conference will be “Producer Responsibility for safe transportation of chemicals - a value chain approach to protect people and the environment.” All interested parties are invited to register to attend, to sponsor and/or to exhibit at the event where products, services and technologies focusing on innovative concepts and new materials will be showcased. Training courses of key importance to Industry will follow on the 10th and 11th March.

“Millions of tons of industrial and consumer chemicals are transported around the world daily by road, rail, sea and air and as such transport safety and the protection of people and the environment, together with sustainable use of resources and reduced environmental impacts in the manufacturing and transport sectors are key global challenges today,” says Liz Anderson, President of RPMASA. “The conference creates a forum for participants from all over the world to meet, exchange ideas and update on global trends and international legislation in the transport of dangerous goods and products. This will hopefully result in the forging of new alliances enabling the industry to take great strides towards meeting these challenges head on. There is an exciting programme of international and local experts to inform delegates on new regulations, best business practices and ways of improving business effectiveness,” Anderson continues.

RPMASA welcome delegates from around the World as well as South Africa and the SADC countries to attend the conference. Delegates will represent Industry operations and supply chain, research, service providers, environmental consultants, planners, academics and national and provincial government authorities. The conference will kick off with a City Welcome event. Training courses on key topics run by international and local experts will follow the Conference and Exhibition to raise awareness and build capacity on key issues such as the UN GHS which is the new classification for waste, consumer product packaging and regulations, best practice for packaging re-use and the IMDG for exporters.

Conference speakers will include, amongst others, international experts Irfan Rahim, Head of Cargoes and Marine Safety for the International Maritime Organisation in London; Peter MacKay, Managing Editor of the Hazardous Cargo Bulletin (HCB) from London; Dr Jürgen Bruder, Executive Director of the International Confederation of Plastics Packaging Manufacturers, who he represents on the UN Committee of Experts for Transport of Dangerous Goods; Prof Paula Viapiana, Professor of Chemistry at the University of the Republic of Montivideo in Uruguay and Volker Krampe, Corporate Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser for Beiersdorf AG, a major International cosmetics and personal products manufacturer. They will be covering a number of critical topics that are highly relevant in the current industry and environmental arena.

The RPMASA is a Non-Profit Organisation for all in the value chain of chemical packaging; it is part of an international network of similar organisations and Africa’s only Industry representative to the UN Committee of Experts for Transport of Dangerous Goods and GHS.

To participate in the conference or for more information contact Chantelle or Tracey by email conf@rpmasa.org.za or call 032 942 8256/0 or 032 815 1018 or visit the RPMASA website at www.rpmasa.org.za

Experience World Cup Cricket Action in an all new Virtual Cricket Game

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be out there, on the pitch, focusing hard, squinting into the sun with an excited, supportive crowd all around, cheering madly when you hammer the boundaries?

In the run-up to the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, there is an exciting new game offering from mig33 in which you can take on between 1 to 9 players at a time and have your very own taste of the world’s third largest and most viewed sporting event.

With the release of the new migCricket game, mig33 users will be able to experience cricket action virtually alongside this tenth Cricket World Cup from the first match being played.

In migCricket, the objective is to be the best cricket player for your team by scoring the most runs before getting out.  The game is a chat-based cricket card game in which you draw different cards with different cricket outcomes.  Players join the game by paying with mig33 credits. Some cards add scores while others cause the player to ‘get out’.  If you draw a ‘run’ card, the runs are added to your overall score, but if you draw an ‘out’ card – you could even go out for a duck!  To make the game even more interesting, there is also a 3rd Umpire card which exempts a player from going out the following time they draw an ‘out’ card during the game.  The player who stays in the game longest, and scores the most runs, is declared the winner.

If you’ve always dreamed of hitting sixes or scoring a century, here is your virtual opportunity.  You can have a fantastic strike rate if you play your cards right, and imagine the satisfaction of knowing how it feels to be on a winning wicket.

migCricket facilitates this game for millions of users, whether via a mobile download or web access. Go to m.mig33.com or www.mig33.com; and take your chances at becoming a world class, top order batsman whilst playing a great game in a fun, virtual environment.

mig33 is committed to providing the best communication and social entertainment services for all their users.  The migCricket game adds to the impressive stable of existing games in mig33 – including Fashion Show, migWars, Moonbase and ClubWars,. “mig33 is intent on always developing and evolving games and application options for our users that correspond with current global trends and activities, both in the sporting world and other arena’s”, says Mei Lin Ng, VP Marketing and co-founder of mig33. She continues, “Delivering the best in mobile social entertainment services is our entire focus.  We want our users to eagerly anticipate the release of our next new, fun and stimulating games.

About mig33

mig33 is the world’s largest mobile-first social entertainment service, connecting over 40 million registered members around the world with chat and entertainment everyday, and hosting a fast-growing virtual economy.  Launched in late 2005, mig33 is backed by Silicon Valley venture firms Accel Partners, Redpoint Ventures and DCM, GREE Inc and many others. For more information, visit www.mig33.com

Accepting Your Medical Waste Responsibility...Ethically

The 2nd Biennial Health Care Waste Summit and Expo 2011 will be taking place from 18 – 19 May 2011 at Emperor’s Palace, Gauteng.

Are you a health care provider, general practitioner, surgeon, medical institution, tattoo artist or civilian aware of the legal implications of incorrect disposal of medical waste?
Do you provide medical or related services without a true and clear understanding of the prescribed policies and regulations when it comes to medical waste disposal? If so, you can’t afford to miss the 2nd Biennial Health Care Waste Summit and Expo 2011 to be held at Emperor’s Palace, Johannesburg, Gauteng from 18 - 19 May 2011.

The Institute of Waste Management of South Africa (IWMSA) in association with its Health Care Waste Forum (HCWF) branch, are the proud hosts of this event. Through extensive research undertaken throughout the year, the IWMSA and HCWF have developed the very best Summit programs for senior level decision-makers and the results set the Summit agenda which is headed by the theme, ‘Accepting your Medical Waste Responsibility … Ethically’.

In recent years there has been an alarming amount of press regarding health care risk waste and improper disposal thereof. Previously, civil society had not been given a platform to voice their concerns regarding the hazards of improper health care waste management, and the IWMSA and HCWF are determined to facilitate the voicing of these concerns in a legitimate manner. This Summit seeks to highlight risk awareness, public exposure and the subject of incinerator capacity, as well as to lobby emphatically for responsible and ethical health care waste practices, and to explore the impact of legislation on this sector, such as the New Waste Act.

The unsafe disposal of health care waste poses immense public health risks. Contaminated needles and syringes represent a particular threat as the failure to dispose of them safely may lead to dangerous recycling and repackaging which in turn leads to unsafe, even deadly reuse, especially where waste is dumped into areas without restricted access. Epidemiological studies indicate that a person who experiences one needle stick injury from a needle used on an infected source patient has risks of 30%, 1.8%, and 0.3% respectively of becoming infected with HBV, HCV and HIV.

The Health Care Waste Summit & Expo 2011 intends to promote an advanced and collaborative single vision strategy which ensures adherence to the utmost professional delivery of international standards and ethical practice in modern health care waste management. The event also features an 841m2 exhibition floor where service and solution providers will showcase their products and services.

The IWMSA’s President, Stan Jewaskiewitz, says the Summit will be a “Stimulating, interactive experience with panel discussions, case studies and facilitated open sessions for debate and deliberation.”

Providers of health care and related services, both government and private, are invited to attend and can visit the HCWF website on www.hcwforum.org for online registration forms This includes hospitals, laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, transporters of health care waste, treatment plants, clinic managers and supervisors, and representatives from provincial and national government organisations, to name a few.

Watch the press for more details regarding speakers and topics of discussion.

The IWMSA is a professional, multi-disciplinary organisation with voluntary membership established to promote the science and practice of waste management and is a non-profit organisation. For more information contact the IWMSA at +27 (0)83 448 8233, email: sales@iwmsa.co.za or visit www.iwmsa.co.za

Conscientious Consumers Minimise Festive Waste

All year round we carefully separate our cans, papers, plastics and glass.  We drop off recycling at our local schools, diligently put out our weekly recycling bag or drive to the nearest recycling depot, and then bam!  The Festive Season arrives and we can so easily go off the rails.

To begin with, especially at this time of year, an alarming percentage of what we throw away probably need not have been wasted to begin with, and even more troubling, a lot of this waste is food.  We buy impulsively, overstock our fridges and cupboards and with true South African hospitality, definitely over-cater!  We buy with our eyes which retailers know very well, so they stock their shelves with oversized containers for maximum visual impact in the race to secure your rand.   Not only does all this lovely packaging attract us, it also entices our children.  Large boxes and other fancy forms of packaging seduce us into believing we are receiving better value.  The reality is that often such packaging is merely a filler, and the companies producing the packaging have hardly applied the ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ principles.  ‘Reduce’ least of all.

The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) is increasingly subscribed to by more and more stakeholders in the waste management industry, which effectively means more overall control in critical areas.  Stan Jewaskiewitz, President of the IWMSA says “We are encouraged not to print out emails for the sake of our environment, for example, but we’re not applying that same standard to other areas of our lives.”  He appeals “This holiday period we need to make a conscious decision to be both careful and creative.  Think of alternative ways of wrapping or presenting gifts; don’t be fooled into purchasing goods that are packaged in such a way that they are obviously going to clog up the dustbin. Why not try to support companies that subscribe to sound environmental strategies?”

Jewaskiewitz, the IWMSA and its members ask us to become more aware of both purchasing and disposal as an integral whole.  Some simple solutions could be to reduce the amount of gift wrap you use by coming up with creative options.

The theme of this year’s IWMSA biennial Waste Conference, WasteCon2010 was “What is Your Waste Footprint?”  Some people wonder whether their seemingly small individual contribution to the overall effort can possibly have any impact. The truth is that we can’t depend on others; we all have to take individual responsibility for our behaviours and our own unique waste footprints.

So let’s make a special effort to continue to recycle wherever possible, remembering that this is an especially critical time of year in terms of general waste generation.

The IWMSA is a professional, multi-disciplinary organisation with voluntary membership established to promote the science and practice of waste management and is a non-profit organisation. For more information contact the IWMSA visit: www.iwmsa.co.za