How should waste be managed by businesses; especially following the promulgation of the Integrated Waste Management By-law in 2009? Many businesses do not know what is expected from them or what to consider when it comes to managing the waste that is generated by their organisation.

Businesses are required to reconsider their current waste management practices and implement more sustainable solutions. To assist with this process, Alive2Green will be convening their successful ‘Waste in Business’ Seminar on 09 November 2011 at Emperor’s Palace, Ekurhuleni.

Lloyd Macfarlane, Alive2Green Director says, “The seminar has been structured in such a way to provide a platform for sharing and discussing information regarding the new legislation. Local businesses will be provided with information for them to make more informed waste management choices and to implement waste-aware practices.” Macfarlane continues, “Businesses will receive information so that they can understand what their responsibilities are in terms of the new Waste Act and the by-laws specifically pertaining to the City of Johannesburg, Tshwane and Ekurhuleni municipalities. The economic opportunities created by this legislation will also be under the spotlight.

“The Seminar also aims to consider the detrimental effects of current waste disposal technologies and the advancement of renewable and sustainable solutions” adds Macfarlane.

This Seminar will bring together some of the country’s leading business stakeholders who play key roles in initiating sustainable waste management and reduction projects, including manufacturers of products and technologies that will change the way we deal with waste in South Africa.

Waste Management experts will lead the discussions, Macfarlane says, “we are delighted at the high calibre of speakers that have been secured for the seminar who will be speaking on a wide spectrum of waste management issues within businesses. Government buy-in is critical for the success of these seminars, and we look forward to welcoming  Mrs Edna Molewa, the Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism and Ms Makhosazana Baker, the Director of Waste Management and regulation for the City of Johannesburg as our key note speakers.”

Other experts in the waste management industry who will be presenting at the seminar include Rodney Reynders from Tetra Pack who manages all their environmental initiatives for the Sub-Sahara Africa region.

Lorraine Jenks, an activist and advocate of greener practices in hospitality operations and procurement and the founder of ‘Hotelstuff’ and the ‘Greenstuff’ link, will be focussing on Waste management challenges and solutions within the hospitality and tourism industry.

Executive Director of the Packaging Council of South Africa (PACSA) and Chairman of the Recovery Action Group (RAG), Andrew Marthinusen will be discussing the future of the paper and packaging industry supply chain waste hierarchy and Angus Ryan will lead the discussion about ‘Greening the Office’.

“Apart from these speakers who will be discussing pertinent waste management topics, we will also have leading businesses that have integrated waste minimisation into their company ethos, who will be presenting case studies in the form of break-out sessions which will allow delegates to interact and to learn from others’ experiences”, Macfarlane adds.

An exhibition of the latest waste related products and services will be incorporated into the seminar. Networking sessions have also been scheduled to give delegates an opportunity to share ideas.

For more information on the Waste in Business Seminar, please visit: or contact Cara-Dee Carlstein, 021 447 4733 or e-mail –