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BiobiN launches 1 cubic metre mobile composting bin

In response to the growing industry need to divert food and organic waste from landfill, BiobiN South Africa has just launched its new mini BiobiN – a 1m3 mobile unit that can process up to 800 kilograms of organic waste. The new 1m3 mini mobile BiobiN has been designed to cater for the smaller commercial organic waste generators, and for businesses that are limited with space. The unit can be wheeled around making it an extremely versatile option. So all the client needs to do , is wheel it into place and plug it in.

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Proposed Draft Food Losses and Waste Strategy to bring changes to organic waste management in 2024.

South Africa is known to have some of the best waste management regulations and policies in the world, however progress towards a fully integrated circular economy is slow. This is especially evident within the food and organic waste stream with a total of 12.6 million tonnes of food loss and waste generated on an annual basis. The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment’s (DFFE) response has introduced the Draft Strategy for Reducing Food Losses and Waste which was made available for comment in September 2023.

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Food waste increases by 25% over festive season

While many of us start to put of daily stresses aside, the waste management sector experiences a significant increase in food and organic waste during the festive season. This places an increase amount of pressure on the waste sector, including the waste collection services, landfill sites and the natural environment. According to waste statistics, South Africa produces 25% more food and organic waste during the festive season, compared to other months.

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A new waste management priority: keeping baboons out of your organic waste

While our focus for the waste management sector has largely been placed on diverting waste streams from landfill to create a circular economy, a priority of equal importance is keeping waste contained so that it does not pollute the surrounding areas. The new challenge of baboons in many parts of the Western Cape is forcing many companies that produce high volumes of food and organic waste, to implement new ways to prevent their bins being raided and emptied to pollute the environment.

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A rise in community food gardens sparks an increasing in demand for compost

Community gardens are fast becoming the preferred land-use for many public open spaces. South Africa has seen a significant increase in the number of community food gardens in many major metros as well as rural townships, and schools. While this sustainable land use model brings many benefits to the surrounding communities and environment, organisations that manage these public community gardens are often faced with the challenge of resource shortages, especially a reliable and cost-effective supply of compost.

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Avian flu outbreak signals the need for more bio-secure waste management.

At the beginning of May, the Western Cape Veterinary Services announced the detection of Avian influenza at two commercial farms within the Western Cape. Since the announcement, approximately 550 000 chickens have been culled and many more eggs destroyed to prevent the further spread of the virus. This leaves the poultry sector with thousands of kilograms of high-risk – hazardous organic waste that needs to be carefully disposed of and treated. BiobiN South Africa discusses the importance of bio-secure waste management within the poultry sector to safeguard livestock, food production and to prevent further contamination.

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Reducing your waste tariffs by forming a waste management club

With ambitious organic waste diversion goals, the City of Cape Town has implemented various regulatory strategies to encourage businesses and residents to minimise and divert more waste. One of these strategies is Waste Minimisation Clubs (WMC). This is a collective of people within a residential or business cluster that take ownership of the area’s waste minimisation and diversion initiatives. BiobiN South Africa looks at how composting units are a key component to make a WMC viable.

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Looking at organic waste market growth indicators

When we start to look at the food and organic waste stream as a secondary resource that has economic value, we change our perception of this waste type as something burdensome that will be expensive to landfill. When we start to consider that food and organic waste is actually recyclable, we can see that there is an entire economic value chain for this waste stream. The impeding organic waste landfill ban in the Western Cape in 2027 is also accelerating the development of the organic waste secondary market and with this development, more business are implementing ways to extract value from their organic waste stream.

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