Industry-meets-Science Workshop Series

Organic waste

As part of the implementation of the Waste Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) Roadmap, the Department of Science and Technology held an "Industry-meets-Science" Workshop on organic waste, on the 26-27 November 2014.

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Objective : The aim of these Industry-meets-Science workshops is to –

  • Highlight the problems industry/business face with respect to the waste stream, to ensure that RDI is directed to addressing key issues,
  • Showcase to industry current RDI initiatives by South African Universities and Science Councils
  • Identify priority issues that require future directed RDI

Outcomes : The outcomes of the workshop were –

  • Opportunity for industry to build networks with specialists from the research community and obtain insights on possible RDI of relevance to their organisation, and
  • Support uptake of industry research needs into the implementation of the Waste RDI Roadmap

Presentations by DST

» DST Waste RDI roadmap – Dr Henry Roman
» RDI Opportunities in organic waste – Dr Linda Godfrey
» Sector innovation partnerships – Ms Sunita Kalan
» DST Bio-economy strategy – Mr Thabang Bambo

Presentations by Industry

The first day of the workshop was dedicated to presentations from industry, outlining the issues faced with respect to this waste stream, current internal R&D initiatives, and challenges requiring RDI intervention.

» Waste beneficiation in the pulp and paper industry – Mr Mike Nash
» Timber and sawmill residues and by-products – Mr John Urban
» Biomass valorisation in the sugarcane processing industry – Mr Steve Davis
» Organic waste management system – Dr Bombiti Nzanza
» Waste management: Red meat abattoirs – Dr Gerhard Neethling
» Organic waste management in Stellenbosch Municipality – Mr Saliem Haider
» Organic waste opportunities in uMgungundlovu District – Mr Riaz Jogiat

Presentations by Science

The second day of the workshop was dedicated to presentations from the science community, outlining current RDI focussed at addressing the issue of organic waste / industrial biomass recycling, recovery and beneficiation.

» Anaerobic digestion of organic waste – Prof Cristina Trois
» Bioconversion of bio-based waste streams – Prof Bret Pletschke
» Organic waste biorefinery – Dr Bruce Sithole
» Biofuels from cellulosic waste – Prof Emile van Zyl
» Assessment of potential biorefineries – Dr Kate Haigh
» Bio-composite materials from agricultural waste – Dr Linda Linganiso
» Chitinous waste bioprocessing – Prof Kugen Permaul
» Pyrolysis of biomass – Prof Mike Heydenrych
» Bioprocess engineering waste to value – Dr Rob Pott