One of the success stories of the recently ended World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa was the "Zero Waste" project. The Earthlife Africa (ELA) Zero Waste project, with support from the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), outperformed all the other summit venues with regard to minimization and diversion of waste.
Preliminary figures indicate a waste diversion rate of between 70 per cent and 80 per cent (much higher than the historic average of 25 per cent).
The Zero Waste project attempted to
divert as much waste as possible (particularly
plastics, with a focus on PVC and polystyrene) and provided educational information systems and an emission-free waste collection (on specially designed tricycles) deployed by an enthusiastic team of workers.
However, according to the group, some attempts to divert waste were not successful, as water was still sold in PET (plastics) bottles, and lids and straws were still
used, despite Coke’s initial agreement not to use these products.
For more information, contact Muna Lakhani, Earthlife Africa, Johannesburg, (mobile) +27-834-717276 or email@example.com