GreenCape’s Waste Sector Desk's Market Intelligence Report is aimed at investors and businesses with an interest in alternative waste treatment technologies and services in the Western Cape and South Africa. The report outlines the changes in the waste management landscape and presents opportunities for businesses and investors in an expanded waste management sector.
Municipalities in the Western Cape are in the process of implementing PPP that will potentially attract R1.3 billion in investment and create 1600 jobs over the next five years. Legislation has also been passed to help unlock the potential R25.2 billion recycling market in South Africa. Opportunities include:
This will be driven largely by mechanical recycling by PROs, material converters and producers with support by national and local government.
Driven by the global market of R12 billion per annum, 80% of metals are recycled in South Africa. Legislation stipulates that 30% of all metal must be resold to the national market.
There is a technology gap between South Africa and the global market. The latter can offer higher prices for scrap material, while processing is cheaper.
South Africa has over 20 e-waste recycling companies that provide a variety of services, from refurbishment to metal extraction. Collectively, they process only 12% of e-waste, or 45 000 tonnes.
One of the biggest opportunities in the recovery, processing and application of builders’ rubble lie in the uptake of material into roads. There are, therefore, opportunities on the supply side for the crushing industry, and on the demand side in road material, for both the public and private sectors.
GreenCape’s Waste Programme focuses on supporting the development of a thriving, legally compliant and labour absorptive secondary materials industry in the Western Cape. Our ultimate goal is for the sector to exemplify and contribute to a resource efficient and low carbon economy.
The Waste Sector desk at GreenCape has grown as a result of the level of understanding of the waste economy in the Western Cape. The sector desk has worked with various industry stakeholders, academia and government to understand challenges, such as legislation, and to identify waste-to-energy opportunities in the region.
Our work in the waste sector has expanded beyond municipal waste, to opportunities for biogas and organic waste. Businesses and investors are able to interact with the team and other industry players through our working groups and networking events, where issues, challenges and opportunities can be discussed.
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