The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) KwaZulu-Natal Branch recently held its bi-annual Waste Management Awards evening at the Durban Country Club.
After a stringent auditing process, Hulett Sugar Refinery in Rossburgh walked away with the Gold certificate and trophy in the General Manufacturing and Industry Category, having achieved 75% for their waste management efforts. Tongaat Hulett Sugar Maidstone, Tongaat Hulett Sugar Darnell, Tongaat Hulett Sugar Felixton Mill as well as first time entrant, Smiths Plastics were also awarded with Gold certificates. The Silver certificate was awarded to Tongaat Hulett Sugar Amatikulu Mill.
In the Chemical Manufacturing Industry, Engen Refinery won the Gold Certificate and Trophy. Isegen South African walked off with a Gold Certificate. In the Service Industry Category, Clifton Hill Homeowners’ Association was awarded the Gold Certificate and trophy, while Gateway Theatre of Shopping and Mhlatuze Water received a Bronze Certificate and first time entrant, Collect-a-Can was awarded a Merit Certificate.
where it all began
Re-launched in 2002, the programme is a joint initiative of the IWMSA and the Department of Environmental, Agriculture and Rural Development. The project aims to create awareness about waste and the importance of making sure it is avoided, reused, recycled and where necessary correctly disposed of.
Chairman of the IWMSA KZN Branch, Pat Reddy, said that responsible waste management provides not only financial benefits in terms of reuse and recycling, but it also results in health and environmental benefits.
“We view all entrants as winners. We hope they would gain more from this experience and work hard to improve their waste management practices,” Reddy indicated.
Participation in the competition was free to companies in the fields including Chemical Manufacturing, General Manufacturing and Service Industry.
A team of judges comprising of IWMSA members and officials from the Department of Agriculture audited each entrant in seven categories and the overall score determined each entrant’s certificate.