After its successful pilot phase at 12 service stations in the Western Cape, Engen's recycling initiative launches in Johannesburg and Pretoria, with 23 sites opened in November 2011 and a further 40 recycling units planned for Cape Town, Johannesburg, Eastern Cape, Kwazulu-Natal and Pretoria at sites that have the capacity to house these one-ton recycling units.
(L - R): Brian Bergh, Engen Dealer - Meadowridge; Justin Smith, Woolworths; Lona McBlain, Engen; and Prince Ncube, Nampak.
In 2011, the 12 units in Cape Town have collected over 183 tons of waste material. The initiative has allowed residents and customers the convenience of dropping off their glass, paper, tin and plastic waste for recycling, when they go to fill up their cars or shop at Engen convenience stores.
Vukile Zondani, GM: Engen sales and marketing said, "After the pilot phase in Cape Town we were able to pinpoint a few problem areas, which have now been sorted out. Sustainability has always been a large focus for the group. This initiative needed to be sustainable as well as have long-term goals. We are proud to be associated and involved with Woolworths and Nampak on this project."
"The group is excited that it has had such a positive response from customers on the recycling pilot in the Western Cape. We believe the project is a great example of partnership addressing an issue of national importance," said Justin Smith, good business journey manager for Woolworths.
Meshack Mosiya, national procurement manager of Nampak Recycling added, "Following a successful pilot phase in Cape Town, the group is proud to once again partner in the next roll-out which will hopefully help spread recycling awareness. We believe the project will be a huge success in Gauteng to enhance our combined objective of maximum recycling participation by all."