NICK MANNIE is employed as a Technical Director in Aurecon’s Tshwane office. He has more than a decade of experience in solid waste management, including specializations such as landfill construction, planning and policy formulation, technical and operational support, efficiency and optimization in public solid waste management practices, system implementation, change management and the introduction of alternative waste management approaches.
Based on his all-round involvement in projects, Nick has been exposed to both public and private sector projects and initiatives in solid waste management. His expertise in negotiations and client liaison makes him an ideal candidate for any multi-disciplinary project where teams collaborate towards a common goal. He has well developed team leadership and management skills to drive and direct any project. Nick is wel known for his unwavering drive for innovative solutions and especially timeous delivery
He has gained significant experience by working in challenging environments where waste management faced severe challenges both locally and internationally. He has implemented fit-for-purpose solutions in all these projects to enable continuity, value for money products, and ultimately client satisfaction.
He obtained a Master of Science in Plant Pathology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), South Africa, in 2008 as well as a Bachelor of Technology in Horticulture from the University of South Africa (UNISA) in 1999. Nick is an international waste manager with the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) and a registered scientist with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP). He is currently completing his PhD.
PROPOSED TOPIC: CONSTRUCTION AND DEMOLITION WASTE IN TERMS OF MANAGEMENT AND PLANNING
JAISHEILA RAJPUT, PhD, is Founder & CEO of Tomorrow Matters Now | TOMA-Now, a management consultancy that focuses on fostering responsible business through sustainability. We help companies enhance their existing operations by identifying opportunities for cost saving & optimization, become leaders in their industry sector by identifying sustainability-related issues through an integrated value chain analysis & evolve their sustainability agenda to meet changing market needs.
PROPOSED TOPIC: BEST PRACTICE IN MATERIALS RECOVERY – CIRCULAR ECONOMY CASE STUDY
DR LINDA GODFREY is a Principal Scientist with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, based in Pretoria. Her research interests include the role of the waste sector in transitioning South Africa to a green economy; waste innovation; waste economics; and the governance, social and behavioural aspects of integrated waste management. She currently heads up the Waste Research Development and Innovation (RDI) Roadmap Implementation Unit on behalf of the DST.
PROPOSED TOPIC: EVALUATION OF COOPERATIVES AS A DEVELOPMENTAL VEHICLE TO SUPPORT JOB CREATION AND SME DEVELOPMENT IN THE WASTE SECTOR: A MEANS TO ACHIEVE THE GOALS OF THE NATIONAL WASTE MANAGEMENT STRATEGY
BERTIE LOURENS is the Managing Director of WastePlan Holdings. WastePlan is a national on-site waste management company that specializes in recycling and landfill reduction. Their services include on-site sorting and cleaning, waste reduction, electronic monitoring, carbon footprint audits and total greening. WastePlan employs 1200 staff and services over 200 clients in most of the major cities in South Africa. Bertie is married and have 3 (almost 4) kids and is a passionate aviator.
PROPOSED TOPIC:WASTE TO ENERGY FOR NON-RECYCLABLES – CAN RECYCLING AND W2E CO-EXIST OR IS THERE AN INHERENT AND FATAL COMPETITION FOR MATERIALS?
REON PIENAAR is Associate Engineer and Practice Area Lead for Waste Services Africa at AECOM SA (Pty) Ltd. He is registered as a Professional Engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa and holds BEng and BEng Honours degrees from the University of Pretoria where he is currently finalising a Masters Degree in Environmental Engineering.
PROPOSED TOPIC: SEPARATION AT SOURCE – BEST PRACTICE AND CASE STUDIES
Disposal of waste to landfills and other containment facilities have long been the norm in South Africa. Most developed countries are moving away from landfilling as the primary method of waste treatment and are realizing the benefits and economic potential of alternative waste treatment technologies. The world we live in constantly requires us to evolve in the way we address challenges and the challenge of waste management is a very real one in South Africa. To succeed we need to realize the value of the waste we dispose of and this includes separating our waste at the point of generation in order to maximise the potential of the waste materials. This is, however, not an easy task and will require a shift in mind-set for most people.
CHARLES MULLER is a qualified accountant with an IMM diploma and have been in the plastics and packaging sector for over 36 years. Having worked for a number of local and international Groups, Charles left corporate life in 2013 to start his own consultancy business and remain actively involved in the plastics & packaging space in SA. He sits on a number of different industry executive committees & boards and assumed the role of Executive Director of Packaging SA (formerly PACSA) in September 2013.
PROPOSED TOPIC: PRIVATE SECTOR RESPONSE
BERND DE SMEDT is the Sales & Marketing Director of Van Dyck Carpets, he has been actively involved in a complete rebranding & repositioning of our company a few years ago when we decided to change our logo and image and bring it in line with our vision to become the greenest flooring manufacturer in Southern Africa. We have plenty of green credentials and have won various green flooring awards both locally and internationally and we are the only SA company being awarded the Carbon Trust certification
PROPOSED TOPIC: BUILDING MATERIALS DESIGNED FOR DISASSEMBLY, REUSE, RECYCLABILITY
Our presentation will explain how we recycle truck and car tyres into rubber crumbs and then make quality and durable underlays out of it which can be used under various floor coverings and also as shock-pads for recreation and sport installations. The rubber crumb can also be used as in-fills for artificial grass installations. These underlays improve the acoustics, they provide additional foot comfort and work as an insulation resulting in improved energy efficiency. These underlays can be recycled at the end of their lifecycle and re-used for various other applications. These underlays named Ecolay and Instalay won various flooring awards both locally and internationally because of their environmental benefits, their versatility and the fact that they are very easy to install saving time and money during installations.
HENRY NUWARINDA is responsible for waste management at the NCPC-SA with a focus on Industrial Symbiosis as an application that looks at waste as resource. The goal is to assist industry in developing waste management strategies, link waste minimisation stakeholders to other waste projects and material recovery facilities, and encouraging investment in cleaner technologies and waste minimisation.
Industrial symbiosis is a resource efficiency approach where unused or residual resources of one company are used by another. It provides a most efficient and cost effective way to stimulate green business growth and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
He has a MSc specialisation in sustainability for buildings, a GreenStar AP and licensed BREEAM assessor and auditor, and has been promoting sustainable solutions for the built environment since 2008. He approaches architectural solutions from the principle of sustainability through design.
PROPOSED TOPIC: “Architectural design of buildings for zero waste”
The construction industry is one of the largest consumers of natural resources and responsible for significant waste arising from construction, demolition and excavation that tends to land up in landfill sites with little attempt being made for recovery or reuse. The presentation will address the contribution designers can make to reducing waste through design and the specification of construction elements.
TERESA JANSEN VAN RENSBURG
PROPOSED TOPIC: ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN OF BUILDINGS FOR ZERO WASTE
PROPOSED TOPIC: DEVELOPMENT OF A CIRCULAR ECONOMY