Have you ever wondered who, apart from Pikitup, handles all the waste that we produce, not only in our homes and places of work but also in industrial areas and in mines? Which company disposes of metals, building rubble and electronic waste?
Enter Interwaste Holdings, an environmental solutions and waste management services provider. Co-founded in 1989 by Alan and Bronwyn Willcocks, who are non-executive director and CEO respectively, Interwaste listed on the JSE’s Alternative Exchange (Altx) in June 2007. Since listing, the group has grown its revenue from R250m in 2006 to R558.5m in 2012.
Interwaste became one of the largest waste management companies in the country after acquiring Enviro-Fill in 2007, a specialist landfill and waste management company with 30 facilities, land filling and handling approximately 2.5m tons of waste a year.
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R250m an ambitious structure. It had three subsidiaries: Interwaste Limited (with three divisions), Interwaste Properties, and Enviro-Fill (with f ive divisions). The property division was grown between 2008 and 2012 and ended up with some five business units, but is now looking different and rather refined. Various business units have been incorporated into Interwaste Limited, which now structures its business into several disciplines, namely waste management, compost manufacturing and sales (through Earth to Earth, the country’s largest organic compost producer) and landfill management. Waste management contributes the most revenue, followed by landfill management.
Interwaste now offers an integrated waste management solution comprising compliance, research and development, recycling, waste classif ication, commodity t r ading a nd waste t reatment, among others. According to t he Pack a g i ng Cou n c i l o f
South Africa (PACSA), which has been mandated by the Department of Environmental Affairs to complete and implement an Industry Waste Management Plan, South Africans consumed an estimated 2.8m tons of packaging of all types – paper, plastic, metal and glass, excluding exports of empty and filled packaging and including imports in 2011.
Some of the thorny issues with regard to waste management, here and abroad, are the rigorous and complex regulatory and compliance frameworks, spurred on by a growing population and booming economies. Along with these come new technologies for which little data exists regarding waste specifications.
Interwaste has, however, demonstrated over the years its progressiveness and forward-thinking ability as demonstrated by its integrated offerings, which provide a simple solution to the problem of waste for its clients. A member of the Institute of Waste Management of South Africa since 1993, Interwaste is also the f irst waste management company in SA to achieve ISO 14001 international accreditation in respect of its operations.
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