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Getting to know the new Norms and Standards for Composting

Waste management is a heavily regulated sector due to the potential for adverse environmental risks when certain waste streams are not managed correctly. It is no different with organic waste. With the new ‘Norms and Standards for Composting’, the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment aims to encourage more sector to adopt composting technology to capture and process organic waste.

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On-site organic waste containment.

Knowing that organic waste has the greatest environmental impacts on landfill, this waste stream is fast becoming more regulated. We have seen this with the proposed 50% landfill ban by 2022 and a complete ban by 2027. Adding to this regulation, businesses that produce large volumes of organic waste are required to manage it on-site to prevent unwanted environmental impacts and keep it separate from other waste streams, like solid recyclables.

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What South Africa needs to achieve a carbon neutral food supply chain

South Africa has a carbon intensive economy, mainly due to our current reliance on coal for power generation. With this, there are many other greenhouse gas (GHG) contributors that make us the world’s 12 biggest emitter of GHG’s, including our food supply chain. If we want to achieve our carbon reduction targets, business as usual will not cut it.