I­su­zu be­ats pol­lu­ti­on

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As an en­vi­ron­men­tal­ly re­spon­si­ble cor­po­ra­te ci­ti­zen, I­su­zu Mo­tors South A­fri­ca stri­ves to mi­ti­ga­te plas­tic pol­lu­ti­on in our o­ce­ans with a long-practi­sed and firm en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­ce.

The com­pa­ny sends no was­te to land­fill si­tes. T­his y­e­ar to da­te, the com­pa­ny has re­cy­cled mo­re than 96% of was­te ge­ne­ra­ted at its four si­tes in Port E­li­za­beth. The small per­cen­ta­ge of left-o­ver was­te that can­not be re­cy­cled, both ha­zar­dous and non-ha­zar­dous, is sent to an e­ner­gy re­co­ve­ry fa­ci­li­ty and is u­sed as al­ter­na­ti­ve fu­el for a ce­ment kiln.

In li­ne with t­his y­e­ar’s re­cent Wor­ld En­vi­ron­ment Day the­me, “Be­at Plas­tic Pol­lu­ti­on”, I­su­zu en­coura­ged its em­ploy­ees to be­at plas­tic pol­lu­ti­on in their per­so­nal li­ves. “E­ach em­ploy­ee broug­ht a bag full of plas­tic and in re­turn for their plas­tic was­te, they re­cei­ved a reusa­ble shop­ping bag,” said N­ce­di­sa M­zu­zu, en­vi­ron­men­tal ma­na­ger at I­su­zu.

Beyond Wor­ld En­vi­ron­ment Day, I­su­zu al­so con­ti­nues to d­ri­ve a cul­tu­re of re­du­ce, reu­se and re­cy­cle.

“We re­gard was­te as a re­sour­ce that can cre­a­te se­con­da­ry and ter­ti­a­ry em­ploy­ment. Ap­prox­i­ma­te­ly 30 pe­op­le ba­sed at our fa­ci­li­ties are from dif­fe­rent re­cy­cling or­ga­ni­sa­ti­ons. Ma­ny ot­hers a­cross the ci­ty cre­a­te fur­ni­tu­re, plas­tic goods and po­lys­ty­re­ne com­mo­di­ties,” said M­zu­zu.

Most re­cy­cla­ble ten­ders are a­war­ded to lo­cal small to me­di­um bu­si­nes­ses, in­clu­ding a mis­si­o­na­ry cen­t­re that boos­ts its in­co­me stre­am with re­cy­cling.

En­vi­ron­men­tal ma­na­ge­ment is one of the key prin­ci­ples en­tren­ched in the com­pa­ny’s vi­si­on.

“It is al­so our re­spon­si­bi­li­ty to e­du­ca­te our em­ploy­ees a­bout the im­pact of plas­tic on the en­vi­ron­ment. On a per­so­nal le­vel they can re­du­ce their plas­tic usa­ge and dis­po­se of it mo­re re­spon­si­bly,” said M­zu­zu. “Our was­te se­pa­ra­ti­on sta­ti­ons in the car parks e­na­ble em­ploy­ees to bring their se­pa­ra­ted g­ar­ba­ge from ho­me and dis­po­se it in­to the re­le­vant was­te stre­ams.”

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Sak­hum­zi T­sot­si of I­su­zu de­mon­stra­tes how to dis­po­se of plas­tic and pre­vent plas­tic pol­lu­ti­on.

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