Disposal of waste into landfills is generally regarded as a last resort in the management of waste in our country today, particularly since as much as a quarter of all the municipal waste generated in South Africa today still comprises mainline recyclables such as glass, paper, tins and plastics.

Disposal of waste into landfills is generally regarded as a last resort in the management of waste in our country today, particularly since as much as a quarter of all the municipal waste generated in South Africa today still comprises mainline recyclables such as glass, paper, tins and plastics. The disposal of these recyclables as municipal waste is compromising the lifespan of the country’s landfills, many of which are running out of space.

“At Mpact Recycling we are successfully providing opportunities for South Africans to preserve the environment for future generations through recycling, while simultaneously creating commercial opportunities,” explains John Hunt, managing director of Mpact Recycling, the biggest paper recycler in South Africa. “We do this by creating a demand for recycled material that effectively enables recycling where it might not otherwise have been possible. The result is a mutually beneficial relationship that ultimately benefits our environment and the creation of small to medium enterprises.”

Mpact Recycling has a strong recycling heritage dating back 40 years, when it was part of the Mondi Group. Since 1975 we have recycled paper from all parts of the country. Everything the company collects is recycled and does not go into landfill. It collects approximately 450,000 tonnes of recovered paper per annum, and supplies this recovered fibre to the Mpact Group’s paper mills for processing into recycled-based cartonboard and containerboard for sale to South Africa’s packaging industry.

“At Mpact Recycling, we’re in the business of sustainability through our active commitment to job creation, looking after the environment and socio economic activities. The recycling industry contributes to the employment of over 100,000 South Africans which supports the sustainability of job creation in South Africa*. Further, the company actively creates opportunities for people to start their own recycling businesses and, to date, we’ve helped set up over 40 buy-back centres, where traders deliver waste paper for payment. We also buy additional material from other independent dealers throughout the country.”

Paper is collected kilogram by kilogram and piece by piece. The tonnages are vitally important and Mpact Recycling’s educational programmes play a big role in educating South Africans from all walks of life about the difference they can make by recycling. The company focuses on providing the mechanisms that make recycling easy – from houses, to schools, to offices, to complexes, businesses and more.

“Every one of us has the potential to make a difference simply by separating and sorting our recyclables,” Hunt concludes. “From there, recyclables go into paper banks at schools and community centres, or out onto the kerbside for collection in certain areas, or they move to the trolley- preneurs who sell them onto places like buy-back centres. .”

For further information on Mpact Recycling and recycling, visit www.mpactrecycling.co.za or call them on toll free number - 0800 022 112.

* Paper Recycling Association of South Africa (PRASA)