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Farming Revolution in South Africa

Farming Revolution in South Africa
Science News by NewsLook

A new project in South Africa is taking organic waste that would otherwise be left to simply decay in garbage dumps and processing it in a special facility belonging to the South African company Reliance. There, it is converted it into microbiological compost. The project prevents some 100,000 tons of methane gas being emitted into the atmosphere each year. In addition, the compost helps to improve the quality of the soil, makes plants more robust and helps farmers cut down on the use of pesticides. It’s also helping South Africa tackle one of its biggest problems: the massive use of chemical fertilizers in the country has made the ground infertile, caused soil erosion and led to contaminated water.

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12:10AM PST on Mar 3, 2013

Most people wants what is best for the earth and good soil is one of the prerequisites.But one gets NIMBY's (not in my back yard). I have visited Reliance; its the solution for the whole of Cape Town's green waste. The conditions are clinical. The only flies are from the neighboring horse and chicken farms (there's no food for flies on aerobic compost). Dustless dirt roads have not yet been invented yet and to compare this operation with a landfill site proves ignorance of landfills.Only green garden waste (chipped) is received on the site saving the City more than 1 million m3 landfill space per annum.

2:23AM PST on Feb 13, 2013

Sorry to burst all of your "bubbles" with the Reliance/Green Organic Compost - we are neighbours to these people. I dont see anything green in carting LANDFILL waste 80km's far to their site - I have seen what comes in (junk/litter amongst the waste) - 96 to 100 of these big trucks DAILY - operations 24/7 - foul smells, their own workers living on top of a landfill site, total disregard when their trucks simply cover little kids on their way to school with landfill dust! They are a disgrace - when we bought this property, we were also taken in by their "green talk" - they are NOT in it to "green the environment" - they are in it for the bucks! They get paid by the City of Cape Town - about 2 MIL/MONTH to cart away WASTE. Anyone who wish further details can email me on karen@fabrix.co.za

9:46AM PST on Dec 7, 2012

Thanks!

4:56AM PST on Mar 3, 2012

That's great! Thanks for sharing.

12:29PM PST on Feb 29, 2012

I would have appreciated much more information on how Reliance does the conversion into microbiological compost. This was just a tidbit.

12:19AM PST on Feb 29, 2012

Thanks for the information.

2:02AM PST on Feb 26, 2012

Cape Town was also started recycling sewage some 25 years ago and selling that as compost. A friend of mine in Cape Town runs a profitable and expanding plastic recycling business that started some 20 years ago - so Cape Town has a good track record.
This is a wonderful private development, but so many other items could be added to their plant. I read recently that Japan recycles the greatest amount in the world - some 70% of their garbage Unfortunately, plastic is the big dumping problem in most of the world - added to especially by all the thoughtless people who still buy bottled water.

1:33PM PST on Feb 24, 2012

Every country should adopt using organic waste, and turning it into compost!

9:18AM PST on Feb 24, 2012

great!! :)

9:10PM PST on Feb 23, 2012

Wow! This is terrific.

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