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