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SOUTH AFRICA: Rural School Running on Methane Bio-Gasips.org | 01 Mar 2012
By Lee MiddletonZothe, the school caretaker at Three Crowns Rural School in Lady Frere District oversees the feeding of the bio-digester. / David Oldfield/IPS CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Mar 1 (IPS) – Tucked against the rolling hills of South Africas Eastern Cape province, a small rural...
A Fatal Addiction to PlasticInter Press Service | 01 Apr 2011
"Be fantastic, don't use plastic!" chanted a troop of 10-year- olds from President Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in Honolulu at the conclusion of an international conference on the millions of tonnes of trash that enter the oceans every year, with serious consequences for marine life and habitats as well as to human health and the global economy.
CHAD: Just say no to plastic bagsIRIN News | 25 Nov 2010
N'djamena is a rarity in the region - the trees lining the Chad capital are not scarred by plastic bags. Buy something in a supermarket and it is left on the counter for the customer to take away, which many do in reusable bags, on offer everywhere in the markets.
Water Out of Thin Air for South African Schoolips.org | 22 Nov 2010
It takes a moment to understand what the six-metre high net has been set up to capture: water. The Tshiavha Primary Schools water supply is pulled out of the fog that rises over this mountainous part of South Africas Limpopo Province. The schools fog net traps 2,500 litres of water per day, more...
Kenya: Eco-Friendly Coffins That Simplify BurialAllAfrica.com | 18 Nov 2010
Nairobi — Bereaved families can now bury their dead in coffins made from recycled cardboards or cartons. Christened Eco-Jeneza, the coffin is made out of bio-degradable materials and has been endorsed by the National Environmental Management Authority as an environmentally-friendly way to bury the dead.
BBC News - Video: Earrings win recycled vuvuzela competitionBBC World Service | 11 Nov 2010
Love them or hate them, the vuvuzela became the underlying sound of the 2010 South African World Cup. But what to do with them all now? A competition was held in South Africa to recycle vuvuzelas following the tournament. Suggestions included tables, lamps, and even toilet paper holders. The winner was a pair of hoop earrings.
Uganda: From bamboo bikes to biomass briquettesUNEP | 03 Nov 2010
A Ugandan business that manufactures stationery from agricultural waste and a bamboo bicycle project in Ghana are among the 30 winners of the 2010 SEED Awards. A novel solar device that turns waste heat into electricity in rural China, a Ugandan buugsiness that manufactures stationery from...
South Africa re-invents the vuvuzelaBBC World Service | 20 Oct 2010
A competition is drawing to a close in South Africa to find new ways to use the vuvuzela. Some ideas submitted so far include turning the plastic horns into chandeliers, lamp shades, bird food dispensers and table stands.
Fighting Dirty Water Is World's New Ecological BattleInter Press Service | 08 Sep 2010
A primary topic of discussion at a weeklong international water conference here can best be summed up in two words: "dirty water".A series of solutions offered in the study includes reducing run-off from livestock and croplands to better treatment of human wastes. The study also called for water...
BOTSWANA: Acquiring a Taste for Recycled WaterInter Press Service | 20 Aug 2010
Many Batswana are quick to recoil at the mere mention of drinking treated wastewater. "As soon as I hear it is treated waste water, my mind will be flooded with the images of the waste water before being treated and I will never drink it," says 25-year-old Chandida Matebu, the look on her face...
Nigeria: Agency Procures Waste Recycling PlantsAllAfrica.com | 28 Jun 2010
The Bauchi State Commission for Youth and Women Rehabilitation and Development (BACYWORD) has procured three recycling plants for installation in each of the three Senatorial Districts in the state expected to generate over 5,000 jobs to the unemployed youths across the 20 Local Government areas in the state.
Nigeria: Scraping From Waste to WealthAllAfrica.com | 14 May 2010
The expression, waste to wealth, at a time in Nigeria, became a sing-song. Obviously, it is a reality that is witnessed all the time in this clime. One does not need to go far from one's vicinity to behold a vivid evidence of this truism these days as epitomized by the enterprise of Alhaji Lateef Sulaimon who engages in a sort of strange endeavour that is actually creating wealth for the country.
Nigeria: FG to Establish Metal Recycling PlantsAllAfrica.com | 06 May 2010
The Federal Government will soon establish metal recycling plants in Oyo and Rivers States, a top official of the Ministry of Environment said yesterday. Dr Oludayo Dada, the Director, Pollution Control Department, who disclosed this in Abuja in an interview, said "the project is about to commence; the fund needed for it is in the capital budget for 2010 and now that the budget has been signed, we are set to start," Dada said.
Nigeria: FCTA to Partner Ukraine On Waste RecyclingAllAfrica.com | 30 Apr 2010
Plans are underway by the FCT Administration to go into joint venture with a Ukrainian company on recycling of waste in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. "The Ukrainian Ambassador has come with his team to discuss on joint venture in recycling waste, thus, we are expecting a proposal in form of...
Opportunities in waste management and recyclingtradeinvestafrica.com | 31 Jul 2009
Zimbabweans are determined to rebuild their country and the official investment promotion body, the Zimbabwe Investment Agency (ZIA), recently made public their new investment prospectus. There are numerous opportunities for investment in the country.
Bauchi to grow flowers in water satchetsnews.dailytrust.com | 06 Jul 2009
The Bauchi State Environmental Protection Agency (BASEPA) will soon use packaged water polythene to grow flowers and other plants in nurseries.Dr Dije Bala, the Chairman of the agency, who stated this in Bauchi on Wednesday in an interview, said the agency would design a method of collecting the sachets and sending them to various plant nurseries for incubation of plants.