Pushing for ‘zero waste’ in 2010

first_img11 December 2006Non-governmental organisation the Institute for Zero Waste (Izwa) has launched a national initiative to reduce the potential negative impacts of waste and pollution during the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The campaign, described as an attempt to “green the World Cup, African style,” invites players involved in the World Cup to register with the Zero Waste 2010 Coalition “so that they may receive support in greening their operations well before 2010.”Izwa will also make project packs available to help businesses, municipalities, sports authorities, venues and event organisers to work towards a waste-free World Cup.The initiative includes a learnership project, run by Izwa and supported by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, that is training interns to support 2010 service providers using zero waste principles.Muna Lakhani, the Durban-based national co-ordinator of Izwa, told the Sunday Tribune that the organisation’s mission was “working towards a world without waste through public education and the practical application of zero waste principles”.For example, says Lakhani, takeaway food providers can avoid “toxic polystyrene” by using paper pulp and cardboard instead. “Paper can be hygienically pulped, dewatered and pressed into burger and hotdog containers, egg trays and ceilings,” he explains.“McDonalds has banned polystyrene in the US, and we should do the same.”The key to the success of the campaign, Lakhani told the Sunday Tribune, lay with businesses and industry rethinking their production methods to phase out unsustainable or harmful materials.“Goods, especially appliances, must be designed to be easily disassembled and repaired, and carry a deposit. They must go back to the manufacturer at the end of their life for disassembly and reintegration into products.”The government could do its bit by being stricter about waste disposal, while the public could play its part by refusing to buy products – such as polystyrene and plastic – that could not easily be recycled or reused in some other form.More more information, e-mail [email protected] reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Putting farm safety into practice

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National Farm Safety and Health Week is observed every third week of September. This commemorative week has been practiced for 73 years, with the first observation being in 1944 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt was in office. Ohio will celebrate this week on Sept. 17 though Sept. 23, 2017.The theme “Putting Safety into Practice” reminds us that it is everyone’s responsibility to practice safety — on the farm and on the road. The U.S. Department of Labor calculates the death rate for agricultural workers to be higher than other workforces. Knowing that agriculture is a dangerous industry — this includes farming, forestry and fishing — it is important for workers to practice safety.As the theme suggests, practicing safety is something we should do, not something we merely say. When safety is a part of our lifestyle and our workplace routine, it becomes a way of life. Employees and employers should work together recognize and reduce potential hazards.The Ohio State University Agricultural Safety and Health Program promotes this commemorative week, but also has materials available throughout the year. A variety of outreach resources are developed for different farm operations, large or small, and a wide range of workforce ages, including safety messages for children or visitors who may not work on the farm. Many of these resources are provided at no cost on the website. Training programs are also available for agricultural groups and businesses looking for specific workplace issues. A monthly newsletter is published each month called Ag S.T.A.T.  This online publication shares short announcements of upcoming safety events, as well as delivers short safety messages for that particular time of year.All of these materials are available through the OSU Ag Safety Program website: www.agsafety.osu.edu or Facebook at OSU Ag Safety and Health.The OSU safety staff will also be at Farm Science Review, located within OSU Central on the exhibit map. Stop by and watch our Grain C.A.R.T. demonstrations, look for hazards at the Farm Safety Scene hazard hunt, see new safety features for ATV’s and UTV’s, answer questions about how youth are safely employed on your farm, and attend daily sessions on farm equipment modifications in the AgrAbility tent. Our safety team is available all three days of the Review to answer your specific questions.Practicing safety is something we all do in agriculture. Having a commemorative week is just a reminder of this, no matter the week or the season.Dee Jepsen, Associate Professor, can be reached at 292-6008 or [email protected]  This column is provided by the OSU Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, OSU Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research & Development Center, and the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.last_img read more