On 19 November, we had our first Gauteng event to introduce ORASA to potential members in the organic recycling space here in Joburg. We had 20 people attend the function from composters, waste management companies, farmers and other related industries. Emile Fourie and Berenice Westmore came up from Cape Town for the function to present

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ORASA held its final education seminar for the 2019 on 21 November at GreenCape in Cape Town. We had a successful, well-attended and informative event, MC’d by Emile Fourie. The event focussed on green building trends and the biogas sector and included an overview of the waste accreditation process being implemented by the City of

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  “Biodegradable and compostable plastics are newcomers to the SA plastics scene. They need to be properly researched and understood. If they are to have a place in our value chain they need to be regulated with appropriate registration and standards.” Barbara Creecy, Plastics Colloquium, Johannesburg, 22 November 2019. The Minister of Environment, Forestry and

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Barbara Creecy, the Minister for Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, has announced her intention to set the national norms and standards for organic waste composting. Please see the draft norms and standards at  http://sawic.environment.gov.za under “Draft Documents for Comment” and submit your comments to the department by the 1st of November 2019.

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By Cassandra Gamble (GREEN HOME) The Organics Recycling Association of South Africa (ORASA) held a half-day seminar titled ‘Demystifying Bioplastics’ on 11 July 2019 at the V&A Waterfront Clock Tower in Cape Town. The event aimed to shed light on compostable bioplastic packaging while bringing various stakeholders in the organic recycling, packaging, retail, research and

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International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) is the largest and most comprehensive education initiative of the compost industry. It is celebrated nationwide and in other countries each year during the first full week of May. Started in Canada in 1995, ICAW has continued to grow as more people, businesses, municipalities, schools and organizations are recognizing the

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