Waste Minimisation and Recycling Interest Group (WMRIG)

IWMSA Western Cape Branch


About WMRIG

WMRIG is an interest group of the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA)'s Western Cape Branch.

WMRIG organises events and discussions in the Cape Town area on a range of topics pertinent to waste minimisation and recycling. Past events included, among others:

  • Do thermal technologies have a role to play in the South African waste economy? 
  • Workshop: integrating the informal sector and SMEs into the South African waste economy
  • Extended Producer Responsibility in South Africa – Where to from here?

WMRIG is run by a committee of volunteers operating in the waste management and recycling industry. The committee comprises environmental and communication consultants, local and provincial government, waste collection and sorting organisations, as well as recyclers and manufacturers.

There is a quarterly newsletter for members with interesting snippets on waste minimisation, changes in waste management legislation and other industry-related news.

Our Vision

WMRIG has a big vision:

“Inspire, Discover, Together – a World Without Waste”

In order to achieve our vision, we ask some challenging questions:

  • Rethink - what is waste?
  • How much of our current waste is better classified as a resource?
  • In a circular economy, where waste of one process is a resource for another, how will the waste management industry change?
  • What do we need to do to get there?

Our objectives are to:

  • Promote all aspects of waste minimisation and waste prevention.
  • Share best practices with all stakeholders within government, industry and academia, as well as the general public.
  • Provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and best practices and promoting networks.
  • Support research and community outreach.
  • Stimulate compliance with legislation and best practice standards as well as diversion of waste from landfill. 

Download the WMRIG Narrative Report

Download the WMRIG Newsletters

Download Past Event Presentations

Going upstream from recycling to sustainability

10 February 2017

Food waste: The forgotten waste stream

15 September 2016

Do thermal technologies have a role to play in the South African waste economy? 

07 April 2016

Workshop on how to integrate the informal sector and SMEs into the South African waste economy

08 October 2015 

Extended Producer Responsibility in South Africa – Where to from here?

August 2014

Lead Cape Town – From Waste Compliance to Waste Excellence 

October 2013

Valuing Recycling in Landfill Management 

July 2013

Hot Topics in Waste Management

October 2012 

Organic Waste - Legislation, Policy and Practice

Committee Members 

Chair: Kirsten Barnes | Email: kirsten@green-cape.co.za | Tel: 021 811 0250
Vice-Chair: Alison Davison | Email: Alison.davison@capetown.gov.za | Tel: 021 400 4580
Committee Members:  Anthea Fransman, Hugh Tyrell,  Melanie Ludwig, Noel Adams, Riaan Burger, Tom McLaughlin, Sam Smout, Janine Basson, Reg Barichievy

Join WMRIG today!

To join WMRIG at no cost, click here for the the online application form.

If you have any queries regarding the application form please contact the IWMSA Western Cape Branch at westerncape@iwmsa.co.za.  

As an interest group under the IWMSA, we encourage all our members to join our parent body.

For more information, contact the IWMSA Western Cape Branch on 021-534-9182.