At the end of 2022, the Western Cape Landfill ban on organic waste, will come into effect requiring households and businesses to reduce their organic waste sent to landfill by 50%, with a full 100% organics reduction by 2027. With this in mind, many other provinces in South Africa are looking at what they too can do to effectively recycle their organic waste, while reducing their waste to landfills and creating new streams of employment.
“We need to rethink waste!” says Melanie Ludwig from The Organics Recycling Association of South Africa (ORASA). “In the Western Cape more than 40% of all waste delivered to landfills is organic waste – including food, paper, wood, fat, abattoir, industrial wastes and compostable packaging.”
In order to not only improve organic waste recycling within Gauteng, but to also grow the Organic Waste industry within the province, an untapped area of employment and job creation, ORASA, in partnership with the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, will be hosting an event giving an overview of Organics Recycling in Gauteng at the Delta Environmental Centre, Randburg, on the 4th of August 2022.
“Organics recycling has the power to significantly reduce the rate of climate change, and it is so easy to achieve” say Ludwig. “Households can easily practice home composting to produce compost that can be used in their own gardens, while on a larger scale and to ensure sustainability, composting at community gardens can grow wholesome food for less fortunate communities. Businesses and big industry need to take a responsible role in ensuring that their organic waste is being properly transported and processed, by contracting waste companies to collect source separated organic waste and process it into compost or other valuable by- products for example biogas or animal feed. Every one of us can make a difference by ensuring all organic materials end up where they should be, back in the soil and not in landfills.”
Speaking at the event will be, Melanie Ludwig, the Chairperson of the Organics Recycling Association of South Africa, who will talk about some of the opportunities and challenges the industry faces.
Palesa Mathibeli, from The Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, will present an update on the Gauteng Province Waste Management programmes as well as the new Norms and Standards for Composting and Organic Waste Treatment. And Bronwyn Jones, from Bokashi Bran, will present a case study on the source separation, transport and processing of food waste produced in hotels.
If you would like to attend this event, please ensure you RSVP to email email@example.com by the 28th of July 2022.
Organics Recycling in Gauteng Event
Thursday 4 August 2022
9:30 am – 1:00pm
Delta Environmental Centre
Intersection of Road No. 3 &, Road No 5,