The 2016 Individual Merit Certificate and Trophy in the KZN Waste Management Awards has been won by Chris Whyte of Managing Director of RamBrickTM. The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa congratulated Chris on winning the award recognising his commitment and passion to waste management, and commended him on his ‘constant determination to ensure the successful implementation of projects through communication and understanding between government, business and the market’.
Chris Whyte has been a consultant in the fields of natural resource management and sustainable development for 22 years. He moved into the fields of integrated waste management and waste beneficiation technologies in 2000 and has been the driving force behind the USE-IT eThekwini Waste Materials Recovery Industry Development Cluster.
Chris says he is grateful to be acknowledged in this manner and stresses the importance of cooperation when developing and implementing greener technologies:
‘I am thrilled whenever new insights and technologies can be turned into solutions that make sense, not only for cities and local government, but also for big business and the communities we live in.’
He continues: ‘It has been my passion for many years to contribute towards innovative solutions to ensure that waste is diverted from landfill and utilised as a valuable resource. There are very good environmental as well as economic reasons to do this, and it is important that everyone, from individuals to government and commercial undertakings, should take responsibility to make our world a better place by recovering, recycling and reusing waste.
‘Take RamBrick™, for instance. It is the first, and currently the only, local conventional building material manufactured from 95% recycled materials: waste soil and recycled builder’s rubble. The bricks are composed of 25% mixed inert builder’s waste, 5% cement stabilising agent, and about 70%
soil, depending on the soil type available. This kind of brick makes excellent sense, and is as good as any other for building houses.’
The RamBrick™ system won the Cape Craft and Design Institute’s Better Living Challenge in the Structural Home category in 2015, and also the Gold Award for
Recycling and Waste Management at the Eco-Logic Awards for 2015.
In Photo: Chris Whyte (second from right) with Aubrey Musuwema from IWMSA, Lindsay Strachan the current Chairman of KZN and Deputy Mayor eThekwini Councillor Fawzia Peer