Our cradle-to-cradle integrated waste management strategy serves firstly to avoid waste generation and then to achieve sustainability through integration with other waste-related services. JG Afrika understands that society is undergoing a paradigm shift to a greener economy and we have specialised in finding alternatives to landfilling and other conventional methods. Our expertise in strategy planning helps decision makers to find affordable and appropriate alternative solutions even as we work alongside them to manage and maintain landfill site development and licensing compliance.

Our approach to address municipal waste management goals is to focus on appropriate, sustainable and innovative solutions that prioritise the waste hierarchy as well as financial, environmental and social sustainability. The waste management hierarchy aims firstly to minimise the quantities of waste generated, followed by managing the waste in a sustainable manner to reduce the overall environmental burdens associated with the waste management system. These strategies include recycling, reuse and value recovery from waste material.

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Integrated Facility Design and Construction

  • Design of facilities to transfer waste in bulk (economical transfer)
  • Design of material recovery facilities
  • Design of wet and dry ash dam facilities
  • Construction monitoring
  • Input into energy-from-waste planning and design
  • Specialised landfill basin and cap design

Municipalities often rely on conventional, end-of-pipe technologies such as landfilling for general and hazardous waste, and incineration for medical waste. Our experts prevent valuable resources from being lost by providing guidance on appropriate interventions, while maintaining a long-term strategic focus in the selection and integration of different technologies and management philosophies. Job creation for multiple skill levels is a key focus.

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Innovation and Alternative Treatment

  • Input into alternative waste technologies and design
  • Landfill diversion planning, strategies and partnerships
  • Service and value chain assessment
  • Synergies between solid waste and wastewater (e.g. sludges)
  • Waste Information Systems (WIS)
  • Waste management decision support tool development
  • Waste minimisation and beneficiation planning and strategies

Specialist studies vary according to potential negative impacts on society and the environment. This could be geotechnical, geohydrological, hydrology, air quality, energy demand, quality and character of feedstock (for alternative use of waste materials), noise, health and safety.

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Specialist Studies

  • Public participation
  • Resource (waste) economic studies
  • Site classification, operation management and end-use planning
  • Site investigations: geotechnical, environmental, geohydrological, and hydrological
  • Site selection of candidate sites for waste material management and operations
  • Specialised studies to support site selection, handling and processing of waste
  • Waste classification and characterisation

Education and Awareness

  • Information campaigns
  • Waste education and awareness

Having confirmed local government has the power and function for municipal solid waste services, we consider the waste sector framework to identify key legislation, regulations and norms and standards which would impact the execution of the municipality to develop a waste diversion strategy. Important policy documents are the National Climate Change Response White Paper and the National Climate Change Response Policy – key drivers for change.

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Policy and Legislation

  • Environmental assessments and evaluations
  • In-house, SAQA-accredited facilitators and SAQA-accredited assessors
  • Legal responsibilities
  • Public participation
  • Waste management licence applications (including studies and procedures)

Strategy and Planning

  • Cradle-to-cradle, cradle-to-grave management and planning
  • Input into energy-from-waste planning and design
  • Input into local, provincial and national trends
  • Integrated waste management plans
  • Landfill diversion planning, strategies and partnerships
  • Waste minimisation and beneficiation planning and strategies
  • Landfill rehabilitation provision in terms of GRAP 19