Did you know the waste your company produces can help you generate another income stream? Here’s why onsite waste management is the key to turning waste into profit while tackling the landfill issue in South Africa.

How Waste is Impacting the World in 2021

According to the World Bank, the world produces over 2.01 billion tonnes of solid waste each year, 33% of which is not managed in an environmentally safe manner.

Worldwide, waste generated per person per day averages 0.74 kilograms. Though they only account for 16 per cent of the world’s population, high-income countries generate about 34 per cent, or 683 million tonnes, of the world’s waste. Global waste is growing exponentially and is expected to reach a figure of 3.40 billion tonnes by 2050.

This is more than double the growth of the population over this period. Companies cannot ignore the growing problem of dealing with waste if we want a sustainable future for our planet and the generations to come.

Did You Know that Only 10% of Waste in South Africa is Recycled?

South Africa produced around 95 million tonnes of waste in 2019 that ended up in landfills. Ninety per cent of the volumes of waste end up in our landfills, with only about 10% being recycled. Added to this is that there is a shortage of suitable land where waste can be disposed of as South Africa is fast running out of suitable landfill space. Few people know that there is a National Waste Management Act and a Waste Management Plan. Waste to landfill needs to be reduced substantially.

Recyclable materials are finding their way into our rubbish bins and are being sent to landfills through our waste streams instead of being recycled. This is cause for grave concern.

Contaminated waste is already having terrible effects on the environment and human health. If not properly contained, this could lead to a global disaster. The global community is beginning to sit up and take notice of the urgency of this issue.

Collection of Waste and Recycling Innovations Are Paving the Way

Awareness of waste collection across the globe is gaining traction. A good example is a community-based organisation in Nairobi’s largest slum. They have implemented a programme using human waste to generate energy for biogas.

A toilet complex that serves 1,000 people has been built in a market area, providing showers, business spaces, cooking facilities and a meeting hall for local vendors. Here human waste is being converted into a cheap source of energy.

Waste Reduction Goals Include Fertiliser for Crops

In Bangalore, India, rubbish is used to grow crops. They allow trash to decompose, and later sorting takes place. The company responsible for this project sells this compost to farmers who use this organic fertiliser to feed their crops.

The experiment has been remarkably successful, paving the way for a sustainable business. It also reduces Bangalore’s waste management costs and reduces rubbish ending up going to landfill.

Recycling Wastewater Through Reclaimed Water Projects

Worldwide, more than 330 square kilometres of municipal wastewater is generated annually. With an increase in demand by urban populations, this wastewater could be used to irrigate millions of hectares of farmland.

In Monastir, Tunisia, they reuse wastewater for the cultivation of food for local markets. The city wastewater plant transfers almost a quarter of its reclaimed water to tree plantations. This gives the farmers a secure supply of water for irrigation while reducing the running costs of the water treatment plant.

Many initiatives are moving towards the circular economy in Africa. They have put programmes in place to promote the use of biogas technologies, E-waste, green manufacturing, eco-industrial parks, and organic agriculture. Many countries across the continent of Africa are now promoting these initiatives.

The African Development Bank is also supporting circular economy initiatives financially in member countries.

In Cape Town, The N1 City Mall has adopted a system that uses trash disposed of in the centre itself to produce electricity for the centre and water for cleaning in the centre. This type of self-sustaining reuse system is the ultimate goal, delivering cost savings and profitability while reducing or eliminating the waste footprint of the company.

Why Aren’t Recycling and Reuse Initiatives Implemented Everywhere?

These types of initiatives are a great idea, but they are usually costly to put into place. Many countries across the continent of Africa face financial and logistical challenges. The patterns around waste and waste recovery need to change. It is time for genuine change, turning recyclables into profit.

Recycling waste can be done. The biggest problem faced by countries worldwide is monetary support. Although developing countries already spend vast sums of money every year on recycling and managing waste, they estimate that much more is needed. Financing solid waste management systems is a challenge and the ongoing operational management costs add up.

Easy Ways Your Company Can Turn Waste into Opportunity

Do you run a business, hotel, or shopping centre? Onsite waste management services can be tailored to customise a solution specifically for your waste management needs.

What is Onsite Waste Management?

Companies from all industry sectors may need to find an onsite recycling company that offers a service tailored to their individual requirements. We offer a waste management solution that can be customised to each customer’s needs. Our services offer all businesses solutions that will prove economically viable.

  • We are a professional recycling company. Let us conduct a free onsite audit to manage your waste and recyclables. Each project is designed to suit the individual needs of customers across the board.
  • Once an onsite audit is conducted and the amount of waste material generated by your business is determined, we can design a programme that determines how best to dispose of your waste. This is a smart way to turn your recyclables into a new income stream.
  • We have trained consultants who will assess the generation of waste from your company regularly. Regular meetings are the best way to optimise solutions for your onsite waste management.
  • Our onsite teams of sorters will separate your recyclables and waste. Efficient sorting will prevent as much waste as possible from being disposed of in our already overfull landfill sites in South Africa. A maximum amount of recyclables are extracted and a minimum amount of waste is disposed of.
  • Onsite sorters and any necessary equipment will be placed on your premises. As your waste partners, we will proactively tackle all your waste volumes.
  • All non-recyclables and hazardous waste are evaluated. Depending on the waste type, suitable alternative arrangements to landfills will be made such as composting or waste to energy options. These are all according to the legal compliance.
  • It is our standard procedure for onsite waste management to offer expert and accurate reporting.

The Power of Waste Reuse for the Creation of Revenue

Recycling can help reduce the amount of waste polluting the Earth. It can also save natural resources. It is, therefore, important to remember to recycle wherever possible. Your business can gain many benefits through reducing waste and recycling.

Recyclables are not trash. They are valuable commodities that can be converted into cash. Wherever possible, we will help your business discover ways of turning your waste into revenue.

As recyclables are bought and sold on like any other commodity in South Africa, different products have different values in different areas and are dependent on the supply and demand of the material in each region where they are traded. Recyclables are also traded on the international market.

Customers, employees, and potential investors are becoming far more aware of their responsibility to the environment. Failing to take action could affect the reputation of your business. Attract new business and win contracts by showing how serious you are about being environmentally responsible.

Let Remade Recycling’s On-site business bring green waste management solutions to you.

 

Sources:

https://datatopics.worldbank.org/what-a-waste/trends_in_solid_waste_management.html

https://wle.cgiar.org/thrive/2017/08/21/power-rubbish-making-money-waste

https://www.news.uct.ac.za/article/-2020-11-27-fuel-from-waste-win-at-falling-walls-lab-competition

https://issafrica.org/iss-today/circular-economy-moving-africa-towards-environmental-sustainability

https://www.netregs.org.uk/environmental-topics/waste/reduce-reuse-and-recycle-your-business-waste/business-benefits-of-reducing-reusing-and-recycling-waste/