“With the end of the year looming, many individuals, households and businesses begin to file, archive and clean out cupboards and storerooms to make space for the new year. These efforts often generate large amounts of unwanted paper. Couple this with the extra packaging and wrapping from festive gifts and season celebrations and you have yourself a stack of paper waste,” says Managing Director of Mpact Recycling, John Hunt.

Environmental educators at Okuhle Waste Management Services have reached out to 5,200 households in Joubert Park and Hillbrow to talk about the social and economic benefits of recycling and creating a cleaner, more beautiful environment.

Children at Troyeville Primary School were delighted when Ronnie Recycler from Mpact Recycling visited them to give a talk about the importance of recycling and how the collection of recyclables can help their school raise funds.

Clean-up Week is around the corner and it is time to ask ourselves if we are doing our bit to preserve the environment and make sure as little refuse as possible goes to South Africa’s (SA) strained landfill sites.

Does your business have a recycling programme? If not, isn’t it time you put one into place? As the world becomes more environmentally conscious, organisations are under increasing pressure to demonstrate how they are contributing to a cleaner and safer space for their employees and the communities they operate in.

With South Africa’s population expected to increase to 59.5 million by 2020, the country needs to find sustainable ways to deal with the enormous amount of waste a growing population is expected to generate. It’s a problem government cannot solve on its own and requires commitment from every business, community and individual.

With September heralding the onset of spring, the spotlight is firmly focused on the environment. Not only does nature begin to renew itself but South Africa’s annual Clean-up & Recycle SA Week, which runs from 11 to 17 September and incorporates Recycling Day SA on 16 September, highlights the need for everyone to protect the environment and recycle their waste.

Mpact Recycling launched a recycling drop-off concept at Village Mall Hartbeespoort. The initiative, which forms part of several projects by Mpact during Clean-up & Recycle SA Week (12 to 17 September), is aimed at filling a recycling gap in the community.

Mpact today opened its liquid packaging recycling plant at the company’s Springs paper mill. The company held an on-site ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning, with Minister Dr. Edna Molewa, the Minister of Environmental Affairs, as well as other national and local government officials in attendance.

Women who head up buy-back centres are some of the most committed players in the recycling industry. Their attention to detail, good housekeeping, on-site safety measures and marketing skills make them invaluable business partners for Mpact Recycling, which obtains recyclable material from them.