waste management

Waste management in South Africa is a serious concern. Approximately 108 million tonnes of waste was generated in 2011, with 91% of the waste ending up in landfills. Waste generation can cut into your bottom line and ultimately has a large negative impact on the environment.

For a win-win solution, you need to have a waste management plan in place to ensure that waste is:

  • Reduced,
  • Reused,
  • Recycled,
  • Recovered, and only then,
  • Disposed

The Next Step in Waste Management

So, you want to reduce your company’s landfill waste. But now what?

Sustainability and green credibility are becoming more important to customers and investors. Aspiring for zero waste is a noble target, however, one that is not easily achieved. Even big corporations such as Procter and Gamble only have 56% of their global production sites sending zero manufacturing waste to local landfills – and they are regarded as industry leaders because of that figure. Do not despair, though, as there are many ways that you can make a significant impact along the way.

 

  1. The first step is to identify your waste stream, as either general or hazardous waste. Hazardous waste is defined in the Waste Management Act of 2008 is “any waste that contains organic or inorganic elements or compounds that may, owing to the inherent physical, chemical or toxicological characteristics of that waste, have a detrimental impact on health and the environment
  2. Measure the amount of waste that you produce each month.
  3. Identify how your business is regulated in terms of the waste management legislation
  4. Then you can ask yourself whether your waste is being disposed of properly?

 

Making Sense of It All

As environmental solution experts, Gondwana can set up and deliver a flexible approach to take care of every aspect of your company’s waste management. For more information, please contact  Gondwana Environmental Solutions today.