Mpact has invested heavily in recycling.

This includes:

  • The upgrade of the Felixton Mill, which will increase the mill’s capacity by 60,000 tonnes to 215,000 tonnes. Notably, the significant investment in the latest paper machine technology and machinery has improved the quality of our paper products; enhanced operational efficiencies and the mill's overall competitiveness in line with global trends. Themill will no longer utilise bagasse fibre in its products, moving towards fully recycled fibre usage. Environmental benefits of the upgrade also include significant specific reductions in CO2, and the usage of energy, water, and solid waste.”
  • The company also invested R46 million in equipment at its Springs Mill in 2016 which now allows for the processing of used milk and juice cartons – previously a product that couldn’t be recycled. The equipment strips the paper layer away from the plastic and aluminium layer and then uses this high quality paper in the manufacturing of new paper reels. “The plant is expected to recycle 25,000 tonnes of liquid packaging products annually and create more than 500 income generating opportunities for entrepreneurs and traders.”
  • An investment, not linked to paper, is that of the R350 million state of the art PET recycling operation – which will process 29,000 tonnes of post-consumer PET bottles (the type used in water and cool drink bottles) diverted from landfills each year, to produce 21,000 tonnes of recycled PET for food and beverage packaging. An estimated 186,000m³ of landfill space will be saved annually as a result, while CO2 emissions will be reduced by approximately 53,000 tonnes each year.

Technology like this plays a critical role in increasing the amount and type of materials that can be recycled.