Cape Town and Japan

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CAPE TOWN AND JAPAN JOIN FORCES TO ESTABLISH WASTE-TO-ENERGY PLANT IN SA Cape Town will be signing an agreement with Japanese firms for the initiation of a trial basis plant which converts plastics-to-oil by means of pyrolysis as at its Kraaifontein waste management facility. This project will be the first for the Western Cape and made possible by the use of financial aid through a Japanese government grant to the value of R10-million which will sponsor the technology export from the Asian country (Kolver, 2014). The purpose of this article is to investigate the use of pyrolysis as an affordable, safe and effective method in aiding the minimization of waste material by the alteration of plastics into oil. “The City views this development as key in its endeavours to create a sustainable city”. (Fin24, 2014). The idea of a sustainable city is a very complex one as the most obvious question always shadows this robust statement, how? Well easy, pilot projects like this one provides South Africa an opportunity to initiate its first steps in starting its own significant “green footprint”. The pilot project will run for 6 months before it’ll be assessed and decisions would be made on the sustainability and affordability of the pyrolysis technology (Kolver, 2014). One of the key factors that will hamper the affordability as well as the sustainability is the technology utilized. The pyrolysis technology specifically exploited for this plant is internationally sourced and
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