4 November 2013, Istanbul, Turkey – The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) understands that reducing forest loss and degradation is a global societal priority requiring immediate and concerted action. It is critical we find ways to ensure that more of the world’s forests and plantations are sustainably managed and that forest products are used and reused wisely. When sustainably managed, forests generate ecosystems services that make life on earth possible (like fresh water and climate regulation), industrial fibre for a wide range of every day and essential products (from timber and paper to bioenergy), and economic development opportunities for local communities and commercial enterprises – now and into the future. Continue reading
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In a world where notebooks are more electronic than paper-based, and printing is misconstrued as a crime against the environment, many have dismissed pulp and paper as a sunset industry. This could not be further from the truth, as illustrated by the success of the industry’s National Conference and Exhibition – held in Durban between 22-23 October and hosted by TAPPSA (the Technical Association of South Africa’s pulp and paper industry). Continue reading
By James McLaren, Senior Editor, PPI Pulp & Paper Week, RISI
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 27, 2013 (RISI) – McDonald’s has agreed to replace its polystyrene foam hot beverage cups with paper-based cups at all its 14,000 restaurants in the US, according to social corporate responsibility advocate As You Sow. Continue reading
Imaginative direct mail pieces have today been sent to 2,200 leading UK brand owners and media decision makers as part of a European initiative to demonstrate the high degree of response which can be obtained with creative, sensory, direct mail. Continue reading
Recycling. It is a word that either gets you excited or fills you with dread. But in a world of consumption and waste, recycling is quite possibly one of the easiest things you can do to keep our planet clean and healthy.
The excuses for not recycling vary from it being inconvenient and time-consuming to the fact that it creates jobs for ‘waste pickers’ on rubbish dumps.
Ursula Henneberry from the Paper Recycling Association of South Africa (PRASA), says, “It may take a little bit of effort at first but once you have a simple system in place at your home or office, it becomes second nature as opposed to another laborious chore.”
With only 5% of households in South Africa recycling their paper, Henneberry agrees that we need to make it easier and more convenient for consumers to recycle. PRASA along with other members of the Recycling Action Group are working with local government to implement a two-bag system for households and establish formalised recycling systems.
“There is also a common notion that discarding recyclables among your household waste allows waste pickers on rubbish dumps to earn more money,” adds Henneberry. “In the case of paper, this could not be further from the truth. By the time recyclable paper gets to a landfill site it could be too contaminated to be of any value to the waste picker.” For recovered paper to fetch a good price for the recycling collector, it needs to be clean and dry.
PRASA shares a few tips on how to get into a recycling regime:
- Start small – by recycling paper, of course. Many areas have kerbside and townhouse collection programmes. Make use of these.
- Do a little bit of research to find out where you can drop off your recyclables – at your local shopping centre, your children’s school or a community or religious centre that is en route to or from work. Ask friends for recommendations or visit www.mywaste.co.za for details of your closest drop-off points.
- If you see a recycling collector rummaging through your refuse bags on a weekly basis, why not agree to keep your recyclables separate for him or her? This incr
eases the quality of the recyclables and the collector could earn a little more for better quality.
- Know your recyclables – look out for the triangular symbol on your packaging. Not all paper can be recycled.
– Paper products that are recyclable: magazines (including the glossy variety), newspapers, brochures, office paper, shredded paper, cardboard, liquid board packaging including milk, juice and food cartons (Tetrapak).
– The following paper-based items are not recyclable: wet, soiled paper such as used paper plates, disposable nappies, tissues and toilet paper; foil, gift wrapping, carbon paper and sticky notes; wax-coated, foil-lined or laminated boxes; used cement and dog food bags.
- Invest in colour-coded containers – one each for paper, glass, plastic and tin – and keep them in your kitchen if you have the space. (Colour-coding also makes it easier for younger members of the family!) Empty them regularly into larger bags or containers.
- Don’t let the recycling pile get too big before you drop it off – keep a box/crate in your boot so you can do a weekly drop-off when you do your shopping or run other errands.
- Get t
- he older children involved. If you have more than one child, make them each responsible for a recyclable.
- Keep your paper clean and dry.
- Rinse tins, glass and plastic items.
- Always keep in mind that you are recycling for a good reason – the future of our planet. This should be motivation enough to keep you going!
Ever wondered how liquid packaging such as milk, juice and custard cartons are recycled? Here is a short video from Tetrapak which explains how it is done: http://www.tetrapakrecycling.co.uk/recyclable_how.asp / HowCartonsRecycle
Baled cartons are dropped into a pulper, similar to a giant domestic food mixer, filled with water, and pulped for around 20 minutes.
This breaks down the packaging to produce a grey-brown mixture.
The aluminium foil and polyethylene are separated from the fibre, while the fibre is recovered to make new paper products.
The remaining mix of plastic and aluminium can then be used in furniture to generate energy or even separated out into pure aluminium and paraffin.
The recent release of the Audit Bureau of Circulations’ figures for the second quarter of 2013 were reported as containing yet more bad news for South Africa’s newspapers. In its report on the figures Business Day stated that SA newspapers “remain under intense pressure” while the Grubstreet website noted that there was ”blood on the floor in the most recent set of print sales figures.”
Download, print, stick it up around your office and help us shred the myths about paper and print. Yes it is ok to print. Here’s why. PAMSA Paper Fact Sheet – September 2013
Johannesburg, South Africa (07 August 2013) — National Book Week will be celebrated from 2 – 7 September 2013 across the country. Schools, libraries, municipalities and provinces will all be hosting diverse activities to highlight the books of our lives and the value reading adds to our lives. This South African Book Development Council (SABDC) initiative, in association with the Department of Arts and Culture, aims to promote the joy of reading among South Africans of all ages.
The latest statistics from the Paper Recycling Association of South Africa (PRASA) show that 73,674 tonnes more paper was collected in 2012, up from 1,077,641 tonnes in 2011. The 1,151,315 tonnes recovered in 2012 equates to 57.3% of paper that can be collected and recycled* compared to 58.2% in 2011. The slight dip can be attributed to an overall increase of paper and paperboard consumption.
Despite increased awareness around the importance of recycling, large amounts of recoverable paper and board packaging are still unnecessarily dumped in landfill sites.
“There is so much more that can be done, not only to preserve our environment, but to create sustainable employment and alleviate poverty through recycling,” says Ursula Henneberry, PRASA operations director.