Waste Management & Recycling

The competence center based in Durban serves as an information, networking and consulting platform for the economy.

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The Competence Centre: Waste Management and Recycling 

The Competence Centre: Waste Management and Recycling, serves as an information, networking and advisory platform for the waste management and recycling industry.

By focusing on the region of southern Africa, in particular South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and the DRC, with the aim of securing and diversifying supplies in these regions. 

The main tasks of the Competence Centre include among others:

  • Communication and cooperation platform (network, exchange) 
  • Services (delegations, studies, business partner searches)
  • Promotion of German technologies in the market (events, activities)

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The project “Umwelttechnologien in Südafrika mit dem Schwerpunkt Abfallmanagement” forms part of the pilot project programme of the “Exportinitiative Umwelttechnologien” supported by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).

The pilot projects will be launched in 8 German Chambers of Commerce worldwide. The focus of the South African pilot programme will be on Waste Management. The Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry will organize the pilot project in South Africa and the project will be co-ordinated by the DIHK Service GmbH and funded by the BMUB. The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has identified numerous challenges in waste management in South Africa. The Department has provided strategies to address these challenges in the form of the National Waste Management Strategy. This includes technical solutions for the increasing volume of waste, insufficient capacity and technical equipment of waste installations, the bad data situation and the limited understanding of the waste stream, outdated infrastructure and lack of incentives for recycling.