Government and industry – Killing us softly: Dioxins and human health   “No incinerator, no matter how sophisticated, can prevent the release of dioxins into the environment…” Dr Paul Connett Civil society has long been calling on government to stop polluting incinerators and to replace them with non-burn technologies. One of the reasons for this […]

Health Care Waste is a mounting problem in South Africa, Mozambique, Swaziland and Uganda as in many other countries. Over recent years there have been numerous press statements of medical waste being disposed of in an incorrect manner. The people that have been most affected by medical waste have been the poor disadvantaged members of […]

groundWork has been working for more than three years now, trying to convince the government that incinerating hazardous waste in cement kilns is not an option in waste management. In April, groundWork held a cement kiln meeting with the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA – Port Elizabeth) and Earthlife Africa (Johannesburg branch) […]

groundWork has been working for more then three years now, trying to convince government that incinerating hazardous waste in cement kilns is not an option in waste management.  In April, groundWork held a cement kiln meeting with the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA – Port Elizabeth) and Earthlife Africa (Johannesburg branch) to […]

Previously, civil society had not been given a platform to voice their concerns regarding the health and environmental impacts that waste landfill sites has had on their quality of life due to the apartheid legacy of having landfill sites placed in their residential neighbourhoods, and only recently has civil society taken a strong position against […]

Responsible Waste management. It was in October 4-8, 2004 that I traveled to Nairobi, Kenya to attend the second Preparatory Committee (PrepCom2) meeting to adopt a Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM). The SAICM is a global, intergovernmental strategic plan in support of chemical safety objectives. The planning process to formulate and adopt the […]

“By accepting responsibility, we take effective steps toward our goal: an inclusive human society on a habitable planet, a society that works for all humans and for all nonhumans. By accepting responsibility, we move closer to creating a world that works for all.” Sharif M. Abdullah It was on October 4-8, that I travelled to […]

It was in June that groundWork together with groundWork US organised a delegation of community groups from South Africa to attend a landfill and incineration exchange in the United States. The aim of the exchange was to make participants aware and understand what environmental injustice meant, to create awareness of problems regarding landfills and incineration, […]

“Education for sustainability is a lifelong learning process that leads to an informed and involved citizenry having the creative problem-solving skills, scientific and social literacy, and commitment to engage in responsible individual and cooperative actions. These actions will help ensure an environmentally sound and economically prosperous future.” The Vision of Second Nature It was on […]

“All things are possible once enough human beings realize that everything is at stake.” Norman Cousins It was on the 5-7 May 2004, that groundWork hosted a health care waste (HCW) and incineration workshop, which took place at Edendale hospital in KwaZulu-Natal. The intention of this gathering was not only to highlight the problems regarding […]