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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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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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Healthy soil, Healthy Food, Healthy People

Friday, 07 April 2023, is World Health Day, drawing our attention to the importance of human health and well-being. A common theme for World Health Day every year is the link that is drawn between human health and environmental health, especially our soils, where we derive most of our food from, and even our modern medicines. BiobiN South Africa highlights soil health and conservation as a key environmental concern that impacts human health. 

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World Wildlife Day – 03 March 2023
Soil as the foundation of ecosystem health

The majority of our food is extracted from natural environments, and when not managed sustainably,
we will consume resources at a rate that is faster than what we can replenish them. The same goes
for soil. When extensively worked, soil can erode, losing key organic contents and its ability to support
plant life and the rest of the ecosystem. This includes the micro and macro species that inhabit these
areas. Soil can be said to be the foundation of ecosystem health.

World Wildlife Day – 03 March 2023
Soil as the foundation of ecosystem health
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Load shedding has led to higher volumes of organic waste.

While many businesses are finding a way to keep their power on and operations running, businesses within the agriculture, food processing and hospitality sectors are also dealing with an increase in organic waste due to load shedding. An interrupted power supply is affecting cold storage units, ovens, and production lines. This has resulted in higher volumes of food and organic waste from these sectors.

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An overview of the Norms and Standards for Organic Waste Composting

The waste management sector for solid, liquid and hazardous waste is tightly regulated according to the National Environmental Management: Waste Act (NEM:WA) and waste classification regulations. Depending on the nature of the waste, specific on-site transport and disposal protocols should apply. For the most part, the handling, transport and disposal of waste stream requires you to have a waste management licence. This, however, is not necessarily the case for organic waste composting.

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