Organic waste is the broad term used to encompass any waste from a biological source including paper, pulp, fibre, food and animal waste, biosolids and sludge. While organic waste may seem like it requires less attention due to its biodegradable nature, this waste stream is often the single greatest source of landfill material. Organic wastes such as food scraps may decompose reasonably quickly, however products such as paper take far longer to break down, significantly adding to the volume of waste generated each year. This dumping and decomposition of organic waste not only place our approximately 1200 landfills under considerable strain but the by-product of decomposition, methane gas, contributes substantially to global warming if not correctly managed.
Technology trends and South African Supply Chains
Now in its 12th consecutive year, supplychainforesight is a Barloworld Logistics initiated and sponsored survey that provides much needed insights into supply chain operations and strategic issues that South African companies are faced with. It takes a look at current and future business landscapes and goes on a journey of identifying what, and how, certain factor across the supply chain can and will impact business. It also educates local executives on the importance of supply chain management and how it should be viewed strategically to ensure business success.
As 2017 starts to wind down, savvy organisations are already deep into planning and acting on their objectives for 2018. The Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) industry is a sector that has experienced a mass disruption in recent years, mainly thanks to the explosion of e-commerce, changing consumer spending patterns and demand trends evolving as rapidly as the consumers themselves.
When it comes to environmental economics and waste management, reverse logistics plays a vital role. Within this context, reverse logistics is the process that enables organisations to reuse, renew and recycle waste materials generated at various points in their value chain. In simple terms, it is the removal of waste to be repurposed in the most environmentally friendly manner, but when taking a more integrated view, the process can begin as early in the chain as reducing raw materials to be used in the forward flow from the point of manufacture.
The Logistics Achiever Awards (LAA) recognise and reward organisations who have shown excellence in supply chain in Southern Africa. It is a renowned industry event with top Supply Chain and Logistics companies in attendance, those who have shown remarkable work in their Supply Chain initiatives and solutions and, more importantly, who stand out amongst the rest are celebrated for their contribution to Supply Chain innovation. In recent years the impact of Supply Chain and Logistics processes on the environment has come into question with consumers becoming more and more concerned with whether or not these processes meet environmental standards when making a purchasing decision. Governments and Supply Chain bodies have since begun issuing mandates on the adaptation of these processes to minimise their risk on the environment.
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The results will be released in a report early 2018