Are you a business operating in South Africa and want a green reputation? Reducing and managing your business’ waste responsibly is an easy first step to helping the environment. Here’s why on-site waste management is the solution you have been looking for.
Why choose to manage business waste on site?
There are obvious benefits to a business having its waste managed on site. The biggest advantages are:
- You have a single point of contact
- Having a team (that we place) work on your premises is practical and more cost effective. How?
The waste management team gets to know and understand your waste patterns intimately and can plan accordingly. This enables the team to work more efficiently and save your business on unnecessary costs.
How does effective waste management impact the environment positively?
By getting a reputable company to put an effective waste management plan in place, your business can reduce its impact on the environment.
An on-site team will sort your waste and get more recyclables into the recycling stream earlier and keep valuable waste out of South Africa’s landfills. Mpact Waste Management offers a range of other services to minimise waste to landfill, including:
- Collecting organic food waste and taking it to a composting facility or alternative energy facility.
- Safely removing and facilitating the non-landfill disposal of non-recyclable and hazardous waste material.
- Using the latest e-waste management technology to collect, recover, recycle and dispose of e-waste in a secure and sustainable manner.
By minimising waste to landfill and by recycling, your business helps drive the circular economy, reducing greenhouse gases and the demand for natural resources. This is a green achievement your business can shout about. Let us tailor an on-site solution to suit your business’ needs.
The Wild Coast Sun is a shining example of business recycling
The Wild Coast Sun property is an inspiring example of an ambitious recycling effort to stop sending waste to landfill. Sun International is the first business on the continent of Africa to receive the Green Building Council of South Africa’s Net Zero Waste rating. This was awarded for their exemplary recycling efforts that not only protect the pristine Transkei coastline but also show how effective waste management helps to support the community and thousands of jobs.
The hotel introduced plans to do away with waste sent to landfill in 2015. The goal was to achieve zero waste to landfill. They have put this initiative in place at all its South African properties.
They are aiming to be forerunners in waste management on the continent of Africa in the local hospitality industry. Sun International is encouraging its suppliers and contractors to introduce waste saving initiatives. Your business can be a shining example too – partner with us to begin your better waste management journey.
5 Steps to Stop Your Company’s Waste from Entering Landfills
Training employees to respect the environment.
Out of sight is out of mind, so when trash goes into a rubbish bin, very few people think about the impact of that rubbish on the environment. By educating all your employees on the impact of waste and why reducing, reusing and recycling is so important, your business can manage its waste more sustainably and reduce waste to landfill. Did you know that Mpact Waste Management offers Staff Recycling Training? We will share our passion and knowledge of recycling with your staff to instil a culture of responsible waste disposal in your business.
Minimise packaging to fit the purpose.
When you minimise packaging to fit the product, it helps to reduce the size of the packaging. The result is that your packaging will produce less waste that needs to be processed.
With everything we know now about the waste crisis and South Africa’s dangerously full-to-capacity landfills, it is not only unnecessary but also irresponsible to use packaging intended for large items, for tiny items.
Taking small steps, such as reducing the thickness of the packaging, will also make a difference. Businesses can save on packaging costs by taking small measures such as these. They can also reduce waste, and by doing so, help save the earth.
Use recyclable packaging.
Utilising recyclable packaging for products is key to improved sustainability. Paper and cardboard packaging are widely recycled right here on our doorstep! If you use recyclable materials that can be collected at end of life and recycled into new products, your business will not only be responsible for less waste pollution, but will help drive the circular economy.
An on-site waste management solution, such as the one we offer, ensures these recyclable materials are collected, reused and recycled responsibly instead of ending up in landfills. We can help you ensure recyclables don’t enter the waste stream.
You can turn your recycled waste into money, just like we helped do for South Africa’s biggest pharmaceutical retailer, and at the same time reduce greenhouse gases by partnering with us.
Finally, you can incentivise the return of recyclable materials by implementing take back programmes for your customers.
Reduce the amount of waste not being recycled
Your business can make a difference by minimising waste ending up in landfills through better waste management. Regular audits will show businesses where they can become more effective in recycling their waste and reducing non-recyclable waste. You can get a free waste audit from Mpact Waste Management.
6 tips to reduce non-recyclable waste in your business:
- Offer paper cups or glasses instead of polystyrene cups at your water cooler.
- Offer mugs instead of polystyrene cups at your coffee machine.
- Incentivise healthy snacking of fruit in your workplace instead of crisps or other convenience foods (that are often packaged in non-recyclable packaging) by having free fruit in bowls – there are many companies that deliver to corporates.
- Buy office cleaning products in bulk packs, refilling smaller bottles.
- Print on both sides of paper – used white paper is in demand and used in the tissue industry right here in South Africa.
- Educate staff on the waste management hierarchy of reduce, reuse, recycle.
Use a reputable waste management company.
An ethical and reputable waste management company will not only help you reduce your impact on the environment, it can help you to earn money from your recyclable waste. Your trash is valuable. Recycling transforms trash into valuable commodities. Mpact Waste Management will work with you to achieve a zero waste-to-landfill goal through our wide range of services.
Our professional, dedicated team will customise a comprehensive on-site waste management solution to suit your needs based on a free waste audit. Let us put a waste diversion solution in place that will give you peace of mind.
We look forward to partnering with your business to help make South Africa cleaner and greener and more prosperous for all. Get your free waste management audit today.