About Us

 

About Us

Mpact Recycling is South Africa's leading paper and now plastics recycler. The recycling division is part of Mpact Limited, one of the leading paper and plastic packaging businesses in southern Africa. Annually we recycled some 600,000 tonnes of paper, or the equivalent of 720 filled Olympic swimming pools. All this paper is used in the manufacture of recycle-based paper and packaging, which reduces the reliance on virgin fibre.

What is Recycling?

Recycling is the process of reusing discarded materials which can be made into new products. Newspapers can be made into egg boxes. Old cardboard boxes can remade into new ones. White office paper can be made into toilet paper. By recycling, we prevent valuable raw material going to landfill, and ensure that it goes back to a paper mill in a good quality state.

Recycling is therefore a key component of modern waste re-use and reduction. It helps to be more conscious consumers.

Paper is a renewable and recyclable product, which has a positive impact on climate change. Paper stores carbon, sequestered by trees. Recycling it reduces greenhouse gas emissions by keeping carbon locked up in the paper for longer and extends the life of landfills.

All of the paper we recover is used in the production of cartonboard and containerboard.

Paper recycling facts

  • We recycle some 600,000 tonnes annually which is equivalent of filled Olympic swimming pools (if the volume of a pool is 2,500m3) or 17.25 times the amount of concrete that went into Soccer City/ FNB Stadium (80,000 m3).
  • Recycling one tonne of paper can save:
    • 26,498 litres of water
    • 1,438 litres of oil
    • Three cubic metres of landfill space
    • 1.32 tonnes of CO2 equivalent
  • Paper recycling creates up to 11.5 indirect jobs per tonne

Why Mpact Recycling?

We draw on our experience as the leading paper and now plastics recycler in South Africa. As a subsidiary of the Mpact Group we provide responsible and sustainable solutions that can be tailored to your needs.

History

Mpact Recycling is a subsidiary of the Mpact group, which demerged from the Mondi Group and listed separately on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in July 2012. Mpact Recycling has since continued Mondi Recycling's former paper pickup initiative, inheriting and bettering on its reputation as the country's leading paper recycler.

Mpact Recycling has continued with the paper pick-up programmes Mondi Recycling put in place for schools, communities, offices and households. These programmes continue to heighten awareness and push recycling levels to new highs. We have expanded on Mondi's kerbside paper collection, which has helped change recycling habits. By encouraging paper recycling through the promotion of highly recognisable Ronnie Bags and through consistent, more regular kerbside collections, we have enabled recycling in the household.

Recycling is integral to Mpact's business model because the raw materials for the packaging paper business originate from the nation's recycled paper. But it's not just good business for us; it's also creating thousands of jobs in the informal sector. Small business entrepreneurs are encouraged to start paper and board collection businesses, while receiving advice, training, and to make available recycling equipment as and when needed. This is aimed at creating more employment for people in local communities.

Job creation

Mpact recycling embraces the social entrepreneurship empowerment model by partnering with local entrepreneurs to help collect recycled paper for us.

Recycling work also provides jobs for around 100,000* people in South Africa, many of whom are entrepreneurs and small business owners that rely on sustained volumes of recycled material to earn a living. (*PRASA)

Aside from its own operations in major centres around South Africa, Mpact Recycling has over 45 buy-back centres where traders deliver waste paper for payment. We also buy from a number of independent dealers throughout the country.

In addition, entrepreneurial companies have been empowered to facilitate our collection strategies. This is primarily related to owner drivers involved in collecting recovered paper.

Our milestones

1967
Merebank mill built by Anglo-American
1970’s
First buy-back centres established in South Africa
1975
Recycling division founded apart from paper mills under “Mondi Waste Paper”
1982
Felixton mill acquired
1991
Kerbside paper-pick -up programme
1995
Ronnie Recycler created to kick-off school paper bank programme
1995
Midrand branch acquired
1999
First co-operative venture in SA between councils and private sector (buy-back centre)
2001
Outsource services and create the Owner-driver arrangement
2004
Donations to SPCA and Hospice started from kerbside and office programs, donating a-rand-a-ton
2005
Midrand and Pretoria branches outsourced
2007
Anglo demerger, became MPSA
2011
Demerge from Mondi Group
2013
Pilot on the premise confidential shredding
2014
Re-launched Ronnie Recycler into the market

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