Goodyear Goes Green

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 15 February 2010

In just two months, Goodyear South Africa has managed to save 5,6 million litres of water – the amount 180 houses would use in a month – through an intensive, ongoing recycling initiative.

While water restrictions do not yet apply to industry, the tyre firm is trying to save where it can, in light of the Eastern Cape’s critical water shortage.

Utilities manager Douglas North said last week that the Uitenhage plant had adopted a three-fold approach to saving water. It recycled waste water from its boiler house, collected and reused water run-off, and ensured steam condensate from various production processes did not go to waste.

The recovered water was either redirected through a newly-installed, separate plumbing system to the plants’ toilets or used as makeup water for cooling machinery. The firm had also installed numerous water meters to monitor water usage – and further reduce consumption where it could. Continue reading

Zero Waste Hout Bay

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems
01 January 2010

Hout Bay, a suburb of Greater Cape Town, has adopted a policy of ‘Zero Waste’, and intends to become the first suburb in South Africa to achieve zero waste to landfill.

Hout Bay, Cape Town

A small volunteer group of environmental activists headed by Nokwanda Sotyantya set out in 2007 to create awareness amongst residents to encourage sustainable living through waste reduction and wise waste management. All residents are invited to practice their 3Rs – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

Their efforts have already produced results. In October 2009 Hout Bay recycled 280 tons; 104 tons back into the manufacturing stream and 176 tons of compost. And their efforts were rewarded by winning the Jet Community award of R15000 in the Western Cape environmental division for 2009.

Zero Waste Hout Bay has set their target to become a Zero Recyclable Waste to Landfill community by the Soccer 2010 kick-off.

Visit their site: http://www.zerowastehoutbay.org/index.htm