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

Light reading lamp design by Heath Nash

WastePlan helps communities to create worm farms from Hotel food waste.

We sort recyclables in our facilities, where waste becomes resource

WastePlan provides on-site waste management services to over 70 hotels

WastePlan gives back to communities by organizing community cleanup days.

Food waste - a forgotten waste stream. Let's talk

Recyclable material doesn't have to be just rubbish

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

WastePlan helps communities to create worm farms & vegetable gardens

I just want to commend your organisation for the service you are offering and to let you know that myself and other households on our street in Constantia Park are 100% behind the initiative.                                                                                                     I am a confirmed ‘ Greenie’ and your service is saving me a long drive every month to drop off my recycling. It is high time that South Africans develop a conscience regarding waste and the detrimental effects on the environment. Stephanie Kruger

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 HBR.org.)

Published by BD Live.

Commercial clients

Please enter your username and password to view your waste statistics, site reports and invoices.