Publications and media

Research Reports

» Lydall, M., Nyanjowa, W. and James, Y. (2017). Mapping South Africa's Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Dismantling, Pre-Processing and Processing Technology Landscape.
Mintek: Johannesburg. (Full report) (Executive Summary)

Annual Reports

» 2017/18 Waste RDI Roadmap Annual Report
» 2016/17 Waste RDI Roadmap Annual Report
» 2015/16 Waste RDI Roadmap Annual Report

Briefing Notes and Posters

» Integrating the informal sector into the South African waste and recycling economy (2016)
» Opportunities for Green Jobs in the Waste Sector (2016)
» Bioplastics (2015) (Aug 2015)
» The formal South African waste sector (2012) (Oct 2014)
» The formal South African waste sector (2012) (Nov 2013)


» Opportunities for biomass- and organic- waste valorisation
   (BioAfrica Convention, 27 August 2018)
» Overview of the Waste RDI Roadmap, the Roadmap funding instruments and current projects
   (Waste RDI Roadmap Roadshow, 17-19 July 2018)
» Overview of the DST and the Waste RDI Roadmap
   (Waste RDI Roadmap Roadshow, 17 July 2018)
» Opportunities for the Circular Economy in South Africa and Africa
   (UN Environment CCC Framework Launch, 9 March 2018)
» South Africa's 10-Year Waste RDI Roadmap (2015-2025)
   (STI for Sustainable Human Settlements, 8 March 2018)
» Solutions and Opportunities: The Waste RDI Roadmap for South Africa
   (South Africa - Norway Science Week, 6-7 December 2017)
» Lessons from the implementation of South Africa's Waste RDI Roadmap
   (Africa-Europe Dialogue Symposium on Innovation for Sustainable Development, 29 November 2017)
» Update on the Waste Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) Roadmap
   (PETCO and Friends Seminar, 30 August 2017)
» Trends in the application of environmental technologies in South Africa
   (Innovation Hub, November 2016)
» Approaches to EPR and implications for waste picker integration
   (DEA, November 2016)
» Changing the face of waste management through Research, Development and Innovation
   (WasteCon, October 2016)
» Opportunities: The Green Economy as a driver of sustainable development and job creation
   (Mpumalanga Green Economy Roundtable, August 2016)
» A 10-Year Waste Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) Roadmap for South Africa
   (Waste Khoro, May 2016)
» Global Change Grand Challenge, Environmental Innovation
   (Parliamentary Portfolio Committee, March 2016)
» Unlocking the economic potential of the waste hierarchy through Science, Technology and Innovation
   (Science Forum, December 2015)
» The need for the development of a Waste RDI Roadmap and the legislation and policy background
   (Science Forum, December 2015)
» SA Waste RDI Roadmap (2015-2025) (WasteCon 2014, October 2014)
» Understanding the SA Waste Sector (WasteCon 2014, October 2014)
» State of innovation in the SA Waste Sector (ISWA 2014, September 2014)
» Value of waste as resource (German Chamber Network, September 2014)
» Developing Waste RDI capabilities (GreenSkills Seminar, July 2014)


The Department of Science and Technology (DST) announce an exciting opportunity for researchers and students from South African Universities, Science Councils and Research Institutions to publish their original research in an upcoming academic book on waste biomass and organic waste valorization. For more information on the book contact the Waste Roadmap Implementation Unit (


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