Less waste to land­fill a pri­or­ity

Business Day - - INSIGHTS NATIONAL RECYCLING DAY -

Ef­fec­tive on-site waste man­age­ment ser­vices ben­e­fit cus­tomers across all in­dus­tries, ac­cord­ing to Juan-Mari Davies, En­vi­roServ projects man­ager for on-site waste man­age­ment.

“On-site sep­a­ra­tion of waste and ser­vice of­fer­ings are at the cen­tre of in­te­grated waste man­age­ment so­lu­tions as is clients’ aware­ness of the preven­tion of gen­er­a­tion and re­use of waste,” says Davies. En­vi­roServ’s goal is to as­sist cus­tomers in go­ing green and mov­ing up the waste hi­er­ar­chy.

Rowan le Roux, sus­tain­abil­ity man­ager for Polyoak, which is com­mit­ted to zero plas­tics to land­fill by 2030, agrees, say­ing Polyoak is cur­rently rolling out an in­ter­nal train­ing ini­tia­tive called “Zero Waste” to ed­u­cate and mo­ti­vate more than 2,000 of its em­ploy­ees about the im­por­tance of re­cy­cling.

As part of this ini­tia­tive Polyoak is work­ing closely with its waste man­age­ment part­ner to in­stall cus­tom de­signed re­cy­cling bins on its sites to op­ti­mise sep­a­ra­tion of waste at source, to max­imise re­cy­cling and elim­i­nate waste to land­fill.

Le Roux says last year more than 500 Polyoak em­ploy­ees and fam­ily joined forces across the coun­try to pick up nearly two tonnes of waste, di­vert­ing a sig­nif­i­cant amount from land­fill and leav­ing lo­cal beaches and com­mu­ni­ties in a tidy state.

Also sup­port­ing the call for zero plas­tics to land­fill is Tuffy, which is com­mit­ted to the sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment of the in­dus­try, the econ­omy and the ways in which re­sources are utilised, ac­cord­ing to mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor Rory Mur­ray.

“Our prod­uct is made from 100% re­cy­cled ma­te­rial and as such as­sists in eas­ing pres­sure on land­fill. The in­clu­sion of an in­fo­graphic on our pack­ag­ing en­sures this is ex­plained clearly thereby in­flu­enc­ing re­spon­si­ble in-store pur­chas­ing de­ci­sions and ef­fec­tively trans­fer­ring the mes­sage that we are the South African man­u­fac­turer of 100% cer­ti­fied re­cy­cled refuse bags with the prod­uct also be­ing fully re­cy­clable.”

Mur­ray says Tuffy brands, the pi­o­neers in 100% re­cy­cled refuse bags, has gone out of its way to as­sure con­sumers of its claim to be man­u­fac­tured from 100% re­cy­cled ma­te­rial and the post-con­sumer waste con­tent (PCW) of its prod­ucts.

Tuffy has ob­tained of­fi­cial cer­ti­fi­ca­tion ver­i­fy­ing its claim of a be­ing man­u­fac­tured from 100% re­cy­cled ma­te­rial and con­tain­ing a min­i­mum of 70% PCW con­tent in its prod­ucts.

Davies says an­other way En­vi­roServ con­trib­utes to de­creas­ing waste to land­fill is the waste-to-en­ergy project.

“En­vi­roServ joined forces with the Bronkhorstspruit Bio­gas Project, known as Bio2Watt, to en­able us to pro­vide a com­pre­hen­sive, le­gal and af­ford­able zero-to-waste so­lu­tion to our cus­tomers.

“Bio2Watt uses or­ganic waste to cre­ate a re­new­able en­ergy source. En­vi­roServ takes a waste stream, which might have been land­filled, analy­ses it and if it is suit­able, takes it to Bio2Watt.”

En­vi­roServ uses spe­cialised equip­ment to sep­a­rate waste from its pack­ag­ing, both solid and liq­uid. The pack­ag­ing is then sent for re­cy­cling and the or­ganic liq­uid or solids goes to a bio­gas fa­cil­ity.

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