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Pavement collection of orange recycling bags to end in Pretoria suburbs

Mpact Recycling has announced with regret that it will no longer be collecting paper for recycling in a number of Pretoria suburbs. This is due to the low participation rate in these areas. Collection in a number of other Pretoria neighbourhoods currently being serviced by Mpact will be moved to Saturdays.

Mpact will be terminating its pavement collections of orange bags in Ellofsdal, Les Marais, Mayville, Parktown Estate, Roseville, Erasmia, Christoburg and Weavind Park in the next few weeks. However, Mpact will ensure that residents have been made aware of the changes before ending kerbside collections in these areas.

Alan de Haas, Gauteng Regional Manager of Mpact Recycling says that the decision has been made to withdraw Mpact’s pavement collection in these suburbs due to low participation.

“We estimate that only about 23 percent of the approximately 8 000 houses in these suburbs participate in paper recycling, which, coupled with rising transport costs, has had an impact on the economic viability of continued collections,” says de Haas.

Suburbs that will now be serviced on Saturdays are: Bergtuin, Capital Park, Colbyn, Deernis, Gezina, Kilnerpark, Moregloed, Queenswood, Rietfontein, Rietondale, Riviera, Villiera, Waverley and Wonderboom Suid. This will be effective from Saturday, 7 September.

Although collection of paper for recycling will end in some suburbs, de Haas urges those Pretoria residents who remain committed to recycling to drop their paper off at one of the many paper banks in the area.

“What people don’t realise is that when they recycle, they are creating a future for others through job creation and direct benefits to the environment; this alone should be a great motivator for more households to participate in recycling programmes,” says de Haas.

De Haas suggests recycling of household paper is an easy place to start. Collecting cardboard, old newspapers, magazines, outdated directories or schoolbooks for recycling is a simple process that goes a long way to reducing the impact on landfill sites, creating employment and reusing items that are simple to sort and recycle from home.

Residents can call Mpact Recycling on 012 386 1381 for information on their nearest paper bank.

Issued by:

FTI Consulting – Strategic Communications
Courtney Chennells +27 (0) 11 214 2404 / +27 (0)82 775 4743
Trevor Jones +27 (0) 11 214 2414 / +27 (0)83 326 7698

On behalf of:

Mpact Limited
Deborah Chapman
Communications Manager, Mpact +27 (0) 11 994 5500 / +27 (0)76 650 4155

Notes to editors

Mpact is a leading manufacturer of paper and plastics packaging in Southern Africa. The Paper business is integrated across the recycled paper-based corrugated packaging value chain and comprises three divisions being Recycling, Paper Manufacturing and Corrugated. The Plastics business manufactures rigid plastic packaging for the food, beverage, personal care, home care, pharmaceutical, agricultural and retail markets. Products include PET preforms, bottles and jars; plastic jumbo bins, wheelie bins, and crates; plastic containers for the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) market; styrene and PET trays, fast food containers and clear plastic films. The Group employs 3,760 people in 32 operations in South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

Mpact is the leading paper recycler in South Africa. The recycling division has seven sites across the country collecting approximately 450,000 tonnes per annum of recovered paper. Recovered paper sources include pre- and post-consumer material sourced from a multitude of paper pickup programmes including commercial, kerbside, schools, churches, communities, housing complexes, offices and an extensive network of agents and dealers.

Approximately 70% of the paper recovered is used in the production of our cartonboard and containerboard, while the remaining portion is sold to external customers, the largest of which is Mondi Shanduka Newsprint. This considerably decreases our reliance on virgin fibre. The input of recovered paper also has a positive impact in terms of climate change, replacing virgin material thus reducing greenhouse gas emissions linked to the production of virgin fibre, and the landfilling or incineration of this recycled paper is prevented. Moreover, the recovery and recycling of paper in South Africa ensures local beneficiation of raw materials and the creation of jobs.