Mpact Recycling

What we do

As the leading recycler in South Africa, we collect approximately 600,000 tonnes of recovered recyclables per annum.

All recovered paper material is supplied to our Mpact paper mills to be manufactured back into paper. This is then used to manufacture innovative board products, which are sold to the South African packaging industry. Collected PET materials are sold to other recycling industry partners for processing, to be made into new PET bottles.

We have 15 of our own operations in major centres nationwide and have partnered with over 40 buy-back centres who deliver their waste paper and plastic to us for remuneration; as well as working with numerous suppliers countrywide. Thus giving us a national footprint. Our recycling footprint doesn't end there, we have also acquired Remade in 2016.

We run numerous pick-up programmes via schools, communities, and offices - not only do these initiatives raise recycling awareness and create income opportunities but to also push recycling levels to new heights.

It’s part of our mission to develop practical, economically viable and environmentally sustainable solutions that bring us, and the world, closer to a true circular economy.

Why Mpact?

For over 50 years, we’ve focused on sustainability through active job creation, economic value and environmental responsibility. Most people are aware of the environmental benefits of recycling, but few consider the positive effect on the economy.

Aside from 15 of its own operations in major centres around South Africa, Mpact Recycling has over 40 buy-back centres where traders deliver waste paper and plastic for payment. With income opportunities for around 60 000 – 90 000 people in South Africa, many of whom are entrepreneurs and small business owners that rely on sustained volumes of recycled material to earn a living, the recycling industry has a significant role to play in the South African economy.

The importance of recycling

By recycling, we prevent valuable raw material going to landfill and ensure that it goes back into the manufacturing cycle for processing into new packaging.

Every item that is recycled is one less item going to the country’s strained landfill sites. Less waste to landfill means a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and ultimately less of a negative impact on the environment.

Recycling just one tonne of paper can save:
  • 26,498 litres of water
  • 1,438 litres of oil
  • Three cubic metres of landfill space
  • 1.32 tonnes of CO2 equivalent

The recycling process

Recycling is the process of reusing discarded materials which can be made into new products.

Newspapers can be made into egg boxes. Old cardboard boxes can remade into new ones. White office paper can be made into toilet paper. By recycling, we prevent valuable raw material going to landfill, and ensure that it goes back to air paper mills for processing into new packaging.

History & milestones

Mpact Recycling is a part of the Mpact group, which demerged from the Mondi Group and listed separately on the JSE in July 2012.

Continuing and improving upon Mondi Recycling’s paper pickup initiatives, Mpact Recycling is now recognized as the country’s leading paper recycler and works tirelessly with schools, communities, offices and households to heighten awareness and push recycling levels to new highs.

Our milestones

1967
Merebank mill built by Anglo-American

1970’s
First buy-back centres established in South Africa

1975
Recycling division founded apart from paper mills under “Mondi Waste Paper”

1982
Felixton mill acquired

1991
Kerbside paper-pick -up programme

1995
Ronnie Recycler created to kick-off school paper bank programme

1995
Midrand branch acquired

1999
First co-operative venture in SA between councils and private sector (buy-back centre)

2001
Outsource services and create the Owner-driver arrangement

2004
Donations to SPCA and Hospice started from kerbside and office programs, donating a-rand-a-ton

2005
Midrand and Pretoria branches outsourced

2007
Anglo demerger, became MPSA

2011
Demerge from Mondi Group

2013
Pilot on the premise confidential shredding

2014
Re-launched Ronnie Recycler into the market

2016
Purchased Remade Recycling

2017
E-wallet success at Recycling Richards Bay
Springs storage development Central Distribution Centre completed
Cash truck programme success in KZN
Buy Back Centres contribute to the success of recycling in Gauteng

2018
Gauteng branches rebranded to Remade Recycling
Coastal branches remain Mpact Recycling
Giving us a total of 15 Recycling branches nationwide

2019
National Recycling Day 2019 media campaign reaches over 5 million people
Recycling cross border imports exceed 1000 tonnes
Acquired Shave and Gibson account through our waste management business

2020
Springs Buy In Centre opens
Acquired the Novus deal and Clicks Distribution Centre through our waste management business
Change over to JD Edwards operating system
Change to Mpact Recycling Schools Programme in Western Cape increases programme sustainability
Covid 19 Food parcel distribution programme

2021
Purchased two Econamic sites: Pretoria and Cape
Two Pretoria branches merge and relocate to new site

2022
Mpact Recycling moves to Bridge City
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