Light reading lamp design by Heath Nash

Did you know that Cape Town sends over 7 000 tons of waste to landfill every day?

"Out of sight, out of mind" should not apply to our waste

Recyclable material doesn't have to be just rubbish

Did you know that over 80% of the waste your office generates can be recycled?

All electronic appliances - from cell phones to fridges and tumble driers - are recyclable

WastePlan gives back to communities by organizing community cleanup days.

Consider composting or worm farming

WastePlan helps communities to create worm farms & vegetable gardens

We sort recyclables in our facilities, where waste becomes resource

Good day Mr. Lourens.  I feel compelled to bring to your attention the service delivery of one of your WastePlan ambassadors.  I had the pleasure of meeting him this morning when he rang my gate bell to collect my bin which I had neglected to put out last night. His name is Joseph and he was on the 16/07/2013 morning shift in Grandiflora Street, Protea Valley, Bellville (Western Cape). His attitude and professional manner was a welcome surprise and I therefore gladly refer to him as one of your ambassadors who brought credit to your institution. Debbie Marx

Extending current resource lifetime

AS natural resources become scarcer and more expensive, we need to find new ways to create a more sustainable environment. Businesses can contribute by building a circular economy.

A circular economy involves decoupling economic growth from the extraction and consumption of scarce resources and making existing resources productive for as long as possible. Employing a circular supply chain would help make processes — such as product design, procurement and waste management — more efficient and productive. Here are three ways that business can start:

  1. Practise more closed-loop recycling. There are two main forms of recycling: closed and open loop. Closed loop involves reusing materials such as glass, steel and aluminium that can be recycled continually. Open loop, or "downcycling," takes into account that materials (such as paper) downgrade to lower quality with each recycling, so this involves either only recycling materials that won’t deteriorate over time or extending the life span of materials before recycling them.
  2. Rent instead of sell. Recycling is not enough because businesses depend on consumers to recycle their unwanted goods. So some companies, instead of selling products, have turned to renting or leasing them. In this type of "servitisation", or selling the use of goods, companies retain ownership of the goods throughout their life cycle.
  3. Offer ways to lengthen and widen the use of products. Instead of just melting unwanted products down, many physical goods can undergo "remanufacturing" to extend their longevity. This means that they can be reutilised for secondary or emerging markets with a less sophisticated infrastructure. Many companies also refurbish and replace worn-out product parts so that they’re "new", perform better and continue to be useful.

(Adapted from "How Businesses Can Support a Circular Economy" at

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