The year started with a big bash at Cape Town’s convention centre where the global Partnership for a Green Economy (PAGE) held its Ministerial Conference. Government VIPs - mostly from Africa and the developing world – mixed with civil society organisations and green...read more
Paper & Packaging Industry’s ‘Municipal Fund’ to support waste management challenges including separation-at-source recycling projects.
Some R6 billion of recyclable materials coming out of homes in South Africa each year are sent to landfill.1,2 The purpose of the ‘Municipal Fund’ outlined in the Paper & Packaging industry’s Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Plan submitted to government...read more
By Hugh Tyrrell The cards are up in the air for the recycling industry in South Africa and major changes are due. Following the Department of Environmental Affairs’ (DEA) call, the paper and packaging industry has now submitted five-year plans on how they will take...read more
Using behavioural science together with communications to help people in communities and organisations act in more sustainable ways, is increasing worldwide. Campaigns that depend on ‘awareness-raising’ in mass media or education and training often have limited effect...read more
Saldanha Bay Municipality’s separation-at-source residential recycling project won the Silver Award in the Municipal Category at the recent Eco-Logic National Environmental Awards. Saldanha Bay beat all other municipal entries in this category, except the City of...read more
In another SMILE FM interview, hear some of the benefits to greening your business and how to take key action steps to sustainability. https://soundcloud.com/hught-1/tue-210743-to-212255 Why should a business go green? People are changing and there is...read more
Could environmental behaviour change communicators learn from colleagues in health and social development?
The International Social and Behaviour Change Communication Summit held recently in Bali drew over 1 000 delegates from more than 90 countries including a strong South African contingent. That set me thinking of the need for an Environmental Behaviour Change...read more
“We must educate people and create awareness” is often heard in response to what should be done about littering in our streets and countryside. However, while education and awareness raising are necessary, they only go half-way. The other and more important...read more
The effects of plastic pollution in the oceans was given a major focus with the broadcasting of the BBC’s Blue Planet II hosted by David Attenborough. The ripples spread far and wide with even the Queen of England declaring that single-use plastics should not be...read more
By Hugh Tyrrell THE massive burden of waste being generated around the world is topping up landfills, clogging waterways and spilling out into the oceans. South Africa alone produces some 60 million tons of general waste a year, only a tenth of which is recycled...read more
How can property owners and facilities managers in commercial and office buildings improve their recycling systems. This is the topic of an article I wrote which was published in the Oct/Nov 2017 issue of Earthworx, the Green Building Council magazine: ...read more
Climate change is creating crisis conditions around water in the Western Cape, so encouraging people to use less water is a priority for local authorities. The Saldanha Bay municipality like others, is investing resources into awareness and behaviour change...read more
I grew up in a seaside village on the lush sub-tropical South Coast of Natal, now known as KZN. In the afternoons after school, I’d go down into the sugarcane fields or mangrove swamps or walk in the reed beds along the two lagoons that bordered our village. There...read more
This post came from Fetola, a small business support organisation in Cape Town. Useful hints for office recycling done in a friendly, fun way. No green policing necessary. Which means greater participation. "Employees at the front line of any business play a crucial...read more
From Beyond volunteering By Ellen R Delisio https://tinyurl.com/ydhvgwrn Timberland, Patagonia, Intel, GE and Fossil Group are showing how US companies can engage employees in their core missions Corporate social responsibility in the US has traditionally been about...read more
Our vulnerability to dwindling natural resources is hitting home. Look no further than Cape Town. Citizens there are in a race against time to save as much water as possible in the hope that winter rainfall will be more plentiful than last year when poor rains left the region’s dams almost half empty.
Twenty years ago, getting a cash deposit back for an empty beverage bottle you returned to the shop was standard practice. Then mainly because it was seen as an administrative hassle for producers and space problem for retailer, many bottle deposit schemes were...read more
One benefit of sustainability which is not so often discussed is that it can give the organisation a sense of purpose. We can have all the goals and strategies in place, but it is a strong sense that there is a reason for existing beyond making money which often separates good from exceptional companies.