by Adele du Toit
NELSPRUIT – I’langa Mall is the first shopping complex in South Africa to be awarded Sappi’s Green Ambassador Accreditation status on Saturday September 18.
This forms part of Sappie ReFibre’s War on Waste recycling programme that aims to acknowledge companies, organisations and indiviuals who are truly making an effort to recycle.
Participants have to actively implement the programme and a Sappi recycling agent has to be linked to the recycling initiative to service the project. The volume of recyclables collected must be measured and reported to determine the success and impact of the project while participants also have to undergo training on the basic principles of recycling. Martketing manager of I’langa Mall, Ms Tanie Roux said tenants of the mall have been putting their used white paper in seperate boxes, which are then collected and recycled and their next step is to do the same with plastic and bottles.
I’lange Mall centre manager Mr Hennie van Staden said it is their hope to inspire people to leave a green rather than a carbon footprint.
“We hope that all our employees, tenants and visitors will heed this call for action, and through their actions, help make our planet greener, safer and more sustainable.”
Approximately 1,75 million ton of recovered fibre is available for collection and recycling in SOuth Africa every year and in 2009 South Africans recycled 58 per cent of all recoverable paper consumed.
“Sappi’s Green Ambassador Programme seeks to find meaningful ways to create a positive and lasting relationship between people and the environment. In doing so, Sappi assists communities to tread more lightly on the plant. The programme is geared to ensure that all efforts will amount to a large overall difference,” said Sappi ReFibre regional manager, Mr Frikke Ueckermann.
Source: The Lowvelder