Rapid Surge in Waste Volumes

Current waste management legislation in South Africa does not require landfill owners or recyclers to keep accurate records regarding e-waste volumes. Keith Anderson, chairman of eWASA believes that e-waste recycling rates in South Africa are improving but are not at an international standard yet due to poor education and the high cost of e-waste recycling plants.

Growing economic prosperity is rapidly increasing waste volumes in emerging countries.

The rapid surge in waste volumes since 2007 is straining waste-management systems in many developing countries, with negative effects in economic, health, and ecosystem terms.

The Philippines is a case in point: it produces 2.7 million metric tons of plastic waste per year 600,000 metric tons in metro Manila alone.

As Inge Lardinois and Arnold van de Klundert wrote 20 years ago: By almost any form of evaluation, solid waste management is a growing environmental and financial problem in developing countries.

Despite significant efforts in the last decades, the majority of municipalities in the developing countries cannot manage the growing volume of waste produced in their cities.

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South Africa’s problem in managing e-waste is getting worse because of a lack of recycling infrastructure, poor legislation and ignorance, according to industry commentators.

Finally, informal e-waste recycling usually only includes the early stages of recycling – collection, crude dismantling and sorting.

Informal recyclers are vulnerable, often deal with e-waste in a hazardous way, and are open to exploitation.

It also recommended the active engagement of all stakeholders in the current drive by eWASA to establish an e-waste management system, the support of small business start-ups and informal recyclers, and support for investment in new recycling technology through incentives.

Current waste management legislation in South Africa does not require landfill owners or recyclers to keep accurate records regarding e-waste volumes.

Keith Anderson, chairman of eWASA believes that e-waste recycling rates in South Africa are improving but are not at an international standard yet due to poor education and the high cost of e-waste recycling plants.

 


source:Hauke Engelhttp://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/sustainability-and-resource-productivity/our-insights/managing-waste-in-emerging-markets

It’s now official the South African government can take your property!

The Expropriation Bill was passed yesterday, I suggest you don’t merely gloss over making light of this Bill. This Bill affects all landowners, this new legislation makes provision for the state to deprive citizens of land.

Definition of Expropriation is the act of taking of privately owned property by a government to be used for the benefit of the public. 

The Expropriation Bill was passed yesterday, I suggest you don’t merely gloss over making light of this Bill. This Bill affects all landowners, this new legislation makes provision for the state to deprive citizens of land.

landMinister of Public Works, Thulas Nxesi said that landowners whose property is expropriated would be compensated, with the courts having the final say on the amount.

Such news would naturally cause alarm bells and the rapid increase to ones blood pressure so like most stealth modes – notes that the Bill provides for the expropriation of land for a public purpose, such as building a road or a dam, or erecting a power line or just maybe for land reform.

Despite concerns from opposition parties that it was unconstitutional it was nonetheless passed as the Bill was fair and equitable, and it was mentioned that if individuals disagreed with the amount offered during an expropriation, this could be challenged in court of law.

Could this be the legalising of land grab to that of our neighbours in Zimbabwe-  we all seen the results of such fairness?

Remember if you don’t like this, do ask your Councillor or Minister of Parliament, how did they personally vote for this Bill?