Our Operations

 

Our Operations

Mpact Recycling is South Africa's largest paper recycler. The recycling division is part of Mpact Limited, one of the largest paper and plastic packaging businesses in southern Africa. Annually we recycled some 450,000 tonnes of paper, or the equivalent of 552 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 a process to change waste materials into new products to prevent waste of potentially useful materials, reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials, reduce energy usage, reduce air pollution from incineration and reduce water pollution by minimising this waste from entering our water sources.

Recycling is therefore a key component of modern waste reduction and conservation.

The input of recovered paper has a positive impact on climate change, such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preventing the incineration and landfilling of recycled paper.

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

Paper recycling facts

  • We recycle some 450,000 tonnes annually which is equivalent of 552 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 largest paper recycler in South Africa. As part of the Mpact Group we provide responsible and sustainable solutions that can be tailored to your needs.

History

Mpact Recycling is part 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 largest 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.

Aside from its own operations in major centres around South Africa, Mpact Recycling has over 40 buy-back centres where traders deliver waste paper for payment. We also buy from a number of independent dealers throughout the country.

In addition, more than 60 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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