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IWMSA urges reduction of food waste


No matter what our creed, April entails public holidays, time away, entertaining and often feasting. With this traditional break soon to be upon us, the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) urges all South Africans to reduce excessive food consumption, compost organic waste wherever possible, and be especially conscious of purchasing over-packaged products.

The holiday period is habitually a time of largesse for many South Africans and we are attracted to brightly packaged products, which often contain disappointingly small consumables inside their cheerful and wasteful casings. Along with the packaging, we tend to overstock on groceries ,which may end up not being used and ultimately discarded, adding to the ever growing piles of organic waste we send to landfill every year.

Vice-President of the IWMSA, Dr Susan Oelofse says, “Not only is it an unnecessary expense to buy too many food items that we do not need and cannot possibly consume, it is simply unconscionable in today’s difficult economic times. In terms of refuse, food, or organic waste is a huge landfill challenge since it represents the major contributing factor to the production of harmful methane gases. Altogether, a staggering 40% of the waste that ends up in our landfills annually is organic; a clue which tells us that as consumers, we are wasteful creatures indeed. We can minimise this type of waste by planning before we shop, careful storage so that leftover food does not become tainted and inedible, and of course, composting wherever possible.”

However, food waste is not the preserve only of the end consumer, Oelofse contunes; there is also the issue of organic waste being produced during the agricultural process, as well as in harvesting, handling, storage, processing and distribution. These factors are critical and very good reasons for us to support our local food producers. There is substantially less overall wastage if the point at which the food originates, to the point of its final distribution is reduced.

‘One must also bear in mind that the production of food requires the use of all sorts of the earth’s resources. A horrifying statistic is that yearly, we waste around at least one third of our total global food production. Had that wasted food not been produced in the first place, perhaps more trees could be grown, which would in turn go a long way to offsetting harmful greenhouse gas emissions,” she explains. “Mismanagement of our planet, it seems, is what we do best and yet if we all try to make even a minuscule difference, the cumulative effects could make a tremendous and positive difference.”

For more information, visit: www.iwmsa.co.za

Credit: guardian.co.uk

Source Article from http://www.infrastructurene.ws/2013/02/14/ease-up-on-food-waste-says-iwmsa/
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IWMSA non-accredited waste management training dates announced


IWMSA non-accredited waste management training dates announced

The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa, has announced that the next Central Branch training dates have been confirmed for 4 to 6 December 2012 at the Plastics SA, Training Centre, Midrand, Gauteng, with a site visit to the FG landfill site on the last day.

The training programme includes classroom activities and allows more interactive sessions making it possible for the facilitator to determine if the delegate understands the contents of the material after which a certificate of understanding and attendance is issued.

The course is non-accredited and is facilitated by accredited facilitators and assessors with years of experience in the waste field and provides comprehensive coverage of basic waste management and would be valuable to all persons responsible for any waste activity within their municipality or company.

Why should you attend?

The waste management field is an ever-changing environment. To enable municipalities and companies to keep up to date with waste management legislation, policy, approaches and technologies, the IWMSA Central Branch will be presenting a two-day training course.

The topics presented provide municipalities and companies with the necessary knowledge and information to successfully manage waste. In addition, delegates will have access to specialists within their respective disciplines.


The topics to be covered during the session include:

•          General introduction to waste management and legislation

•          Procurement and tendering

•          Integrated waste planning

•          Service delivery

•          Collection and transport of waste

•          Waste minimisation, treatment and disposal

Cost is R3 200 for Institute members and R3 600 for non-members. Please log on to www.iwmsa.co.za or call 011 – 675 3462/4 for more information.

Source Article from http://www.infrastructurene.ws/2012/11/21/iwmsa-non-accredited-waste-management-training-dates-announced/
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Food waste a problem in insecure SA, says IWMSA


The Vice President of the Institute of Waste Management of South Africa and principle researcher with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Dr Suzan Oelofse, says that more than 9 million tonnes of food waste is generated per year in South Africa. Around 4% of this waste is generated by consumers which is around 7 kg per capita per year. Post-harvest, handling and storage contributes 26%, processing and packaging around 27%, agricultural production, 26% and distribution, 4%.

South Africa, as most other countries on the continent, has concerns about food security. The inter-dependence of developing countries with developed nations is a factor here, as is currently being seen with the projected food cost increase due to the drought in the US and subsequent drop in maize production.

Mohamed Kajee the managing director of Foodbank South Africa estimates that between 12 and 14 million people in South Africa are currently food insecure.

“This is an alarming number in a wealthy country like South Africa. It seems as though it is getting worse as we are seeing some startling statistics from rural areas. For instance, about 68% of rural people in the North West are food insecure.”

On the environmental front there are particular concerns about food waste that is landfilled. The main problem with sending organic waste to landfill is the decomposition of the waste. This generates methane and leachate in the landfill which has not only the potential to drastically contaminate ground water but methane is also a greenhouse gas with 21 times the capacity of carbon dioxide to cause global warming. Spontaneous fires can also occur when the conditions of decomposition are favourable, which is risky not only to humans but contributes to air pollution.

To reduce food waste, Oelofse advises that consumers purchase foods that are produced close to home so as to reduce transport and consequently the spoiling of the food. Consumers must also store food properly and purchase only that which they are able to store. Cooking the correct amount for consumption is also important.

Foodbank SA helps to reduce food waste by providing a platform through which food nearing expiry can be donated to those in need. Kajee estimates that about 6 000 tonnes of food is saved every year by the bank. This translates into 18 to 20 million meals per year. Foodbank SA is part of the Global Foodbank Network (GFN) and has adopted the safety standards recommended by that network. Foodbank SA staff are all trained in food safety to ensure adherence to these standards. In addition Foodbank SA is also audited by some of its larger donors on a regular basis to ensure that warehouses are sanitary and use proper pest control methods.

Source Article from http://www.infrastructurene.ws/2012/09/12/food-waste-a-problem-in-food-insecure-sa-says-iwmsa/
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