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15 tons of recycled polystyrene used in new Table Bay Mall construction

More than 15 tons of recycled, Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) have already gone into the production of 20 000 Greenlite Concrete blocks used in the new Table Bay Mall that is currently under construction. Expected to open its doors at the end of September this year, this 65 000m² regional shopping centre is located on a 20ha site on the corner of the R27 (West Coast Road) and Berkshire Boulevard in the heart of the rapidly growing West Coast area.

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Wastewater system challenges conventional wisdom

The country’s fixation for water borne sewage and large energy hungry wastewater treatment plants that more often ‘waste’ this valuable resource, is about to be challenged at grass roots level with an exciting concept that is modular, easily expandable, simple to install and maintain, has very low energy requirements and recycles treated wastewater on site at less than R1,88/kℓ.

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From plastic bag to plastic plank

About 120,000 household plastic packaging containers a month are now being diverted from going into landfill. These are mainly bottles and other packaging materials made from HDPE, PP and LL/LDPE plastic types, and which are now thankfully ending their lives as a garden bench or an outdoor table, as a chair or waste-bin and even as grandstand seating in schools and sports clubs or decking and walkways, rather than as litter or to be buried in the earth.

NewLife Plastics, pride themselves in manufacturing eco-friendly products such as tavern tables and benches for gardens, schools, clubs or staff rest areas, picket fencing, decking and walkways, pallets, planks, poles, etc. from 100% recycledpackaging. Materials used are of the highest quality ensuring our products are long-lasting and maintenance-free. The company only uses plastic packaging waste and do not use any fillers such as sawdust and wood which means the product will last well over 60 years – a lifetime!

Buying cheap products from plastic is not always a saving; wood needs regular maintenance and will eventually need to be replaced. Our products are maintenance free and will not rot or decay, plastic is durable and long lasting, stronger and denser than wood as well as being suitable in HACCP areas with no moisture absorption which means no bacterial grown as well as being impervious to corrosive chemicals.  In simple terms – we are using your plastic shopping bags, bottle caps, milk bottles, cosmetic tubes, jars, etc. to recycle up into a product that will last a forever.  Not only are you doing something constructive for the environment, you are investing in products that look as good as traditional wooden products but without the maintenance.

More importantly, by purchasing NewLife’s products, you are mitigating your personal or your company’s consumption of plastic packaging waste.

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Tyred and tested

Production at cement giant PPC’s De Hoek plant near Piketberg has quite literally been retreaded. The De Hoek plant – which started production in 1923 – might be one of the oldest cement plants in South Africa, but it’s certainly not shy of incorporating new techniques in its operations. CEO Daryll Castle recently reported tangible progress with PPC’s alternative thermal energy strategy – which has been introduced via tyre burning at De Hoek.

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