Recycling rolling in
Controversy and court cases surrounded the Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa’s (Redisa’s) waste tyre management plan … but, in the end, it got the green light. Since then, more than 17 000 t of waste tyres have been collected and, ultimately, diverted from landfills!
The plan has also had some other positive effects; between December 2013 and June 2014, 743 jobs have been created. Tyres are being collected by 73 small-, medium- and micro-enterprise transport operations.
With regard to the research and development taking place at Stellenbosch University and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), the students in the programmes have finalised their literature reviews (to familiarise themselves with research projects and the tyre industry) and have submitted research proposals to be reviewed by university supervisors.
Also at NMMU, the Botany Department has begun field trials on the usage of rubber crumb as a soil ameliorant (a substance that aids plant growth) on plants used in landscape rehabilitation.