Essential Recycling Services

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South Africa’s waste management industry is currently worth around ZAR 25 billion (EUR 1.4 billion), new market data suggests. The nation recycles over 70% of used steel beverage cans while the rates for glass and plastic packaging are 42% and 30% respectively. South Africa sends around 95 million tons of waste to its 826 landfill sites and less than 40% of the materials are recycled, according to analysts at Research Markets. Additionally, the nation produces upwards of 65 million tons of hazardous waste, of which only 6% is recycled.

Plastics recycling in South Africa ‘continues to grow’, with more than 330 700 tons recycled annually. In fact, the average recycling rate for plastics exceeds 43%, which the analysts note is higher than the 31% figure for Europe. There are more than 4 000 glass collection points in South Africa which is home to 32 dedicated Collect-A-Can companies. These jointly collect 72% of all beverage cans and recovered more than 75% of all metal packaging last year. Meanwhile, South Africa generates approximately 350 000 tons of electronic scrap annually of which only about 35 000 tons are recycled.

Food Loss & Waste:

Facts and Futures states that South Africa produces around 31-million tons of food every year. Of the food that is wasted, 44% is vegetables & fruits, 26% is grains, 15% is meat and the remaining 13% consists of oilseeds, tubers and roots. Much of this food wastage happens at production & retail levels. Many consumers are unintentionally guilty of wasting food. The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) estimates that a massive R71.4-billion was lost as a result of inedible food waste in 2013. However, this amount could be much higher today. South Africa was last ranked 44th out of 133 countries, in terms of the availability, affordability, safety and quality of food. Many consumers are unintentionally guilty of letting food go to waste. They may buy their fruits, vegetables & meat weekly, intending to cook & consume them. But often, busy lifestyles prevent them from cooking the food, resulting in bruised, wilting, molding or rotting food being thrown away.

Essential Recycling Services
KARL MULLER Many consumers are unintentionally guilty of letting food go to waste. They may buy their fruits, vegetables & meat weekly, intending to cook & consume them. But often, busy lifestyles prevent them from cooking the food, resulting in bruised, wilting, molding or rotting food being thrown away.

Karl Muller, operations manager of the Tiger Brands Foundation, says all of this food wastage occurs “while an estimated 12 million South Africans go to bed hungry every night, with scores more facing gross food insecurity.”

At Essential Recycling Services we offer domestic & commercial clients earthworm farms to recycle certain food waste into vermicomposting & worm tea.