Biodegradable bags: a solution to Africa’s waste crisis?

Biodegradable bags: a solution to Africa’s waste crisis?

This is the fifth instalment of the AMWN Showcase. Read more about the biodegradable bag and other case studies in the AMWN’s “Strategy for Marine Waste: Guide to Action for Africa”. One of the reasons single-use plastics are particularly problematic is because of the...
Where does my Recycling Go? Part 2: Converters

Where does my Recycling Go? Part 2: Converters

Last week we looked at Material Recovery Facilities, the first stop for your recycling. This week we continue the story and show you how recovered plastics are recycled and turned into a new product. In this, the fourth instalment of the African Marine Waste Network...
Where does my Recycling Go? Part1: Material Recovery Facility

Where does my Recycling Go? Part1: Material Recovery Facility

This is the third installment of the AMWN Showcase. Read the first and second installments. Few of us consider the fate of the waste we produce once it passes out of hands and into those of a garbage collection worker. Waste is increasingly becoming a problem that...
Microplastics on the Menu

Microplastics on the Menu

This article is the second instalment of the AMWN’s On the ground Showcase series. Read the first instalment here. There’s no denying that plastic is a versatile and useful material. These days we don’t even think twice about the fact that some form of plastic is...
AMWN on Wits Science Inside Radio Show

AMWN on Wits Science Inside Radio Show

Dr Holly Nel and Tatjana Baleta of the African Marine Waste Network were interviewed by Wits “Science Inside” radio show in light of the recent plastic bag ban in Kenya. The show also discussed why plastics can be harmful and the current efforts in South Africa to...