Industries across KwaZulu-Natal again had an opportunity to flex and show off their green muscles at this year’s Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) and Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs (DAEA) prestigious Waste Management Awards. This year Engen Refinery (Chemical Industry Award), Tongaat Hulett Sugar (THS) Refinery (General Manufacturing Awards) and Clifton Hill Homeowners’ Association (Service Industry Award) all walked away with top honours in their respective categories.
Several other companies were also recognised for their invaluable contributions to cleaner production. The industry awards recognise and rewards best practice in the sustainable management of waste and the efficient use of resources to have a positive impact on the environment.
Aubrey Muswema, Chairman of the IWMSA KZN Branch says, “If we are going to see real change in the way we manage our resources, mindsets have to be engaged. The awards recognise the efforts being made by public and private sector organisation’s across a range of industries to implement a more sustainable approach to waste and resource management, to reduce the environmental impact of industry operations and to develop new products and practices that deliver better environmental performance.”
Dr. Timothy Fasheun, Senior Manager at DAEA says, “Past entrants and winners report a wide range of benefits derived from entering the competition. These include a reduction in waste volumes as a result of advice from the visiting judges which is implemented, understanding of the true cost of waste, improved efficiency and therefore better profit margins. They also gain by sharing information with other businesses on efficient methods in the areas of correct waste management, handling waste, running sustainable waste management programmes and workforce training in terms of source separation and waste handling.’’
Muswema added, “Our awards provide an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of, and reward, best practice. The standard of entries was very high, and the judging panel has had to make some very tough decisions. My congratulations to the new entrants’ winners – every contribution in the battle to reduce waste and improve resource efficiency is important.”
The winners were broken down as follows:
CHEMICAL INDUSTRY CATEGORY WINNERS
- Gold Certificate and category Trophy – Engen Refinery
- Gold Certificate – Sappi Tugela (1st time entrant)
- Gold Certificate – Afripack Industrial Flexibles – Sacks Division in Mobeni (1st time entrant):
- Silver Certificate – Afripack Consumer Flexibles – labels DLC:
GENERAL MANUFACTURING CATEGORY WINNERS
- Gold Certificate and category Trophy – Tongaat Hulett Sugar (THS), Refinery
- Gold Certificate – Tongaat Hulett Sugar (THS), FELIXTON MILL
- Gold Certificate – Tongaat Hulett Sugar (THS), AMATIKULU MILL
- Silver Certificate – BEHR South Africa (1st time entrant)
- Silver Certificate – Illovo Eston Mill
SERVICE INDUSTRY CATEGORY WINNERS
- Gold Certificate and category Trophy – Clifton Hill Homeowners’ Association
- Silver Certificate – Mhlatuze Water Services in Richards Bay
- Silver Certificate – Engen Convenience Centre- Jan Smuts Road, Durban (1st time entrant)
- Best New Entrant – SAPPI Tugela
- Cleaner Production Award – Engen Refinery
- Innovation Trophy – Tongaat Hulett Sugar (THS)
- Individual Merit Certificate and Trophy – Mark Liptrott, Group Sustainability Manager for Afripack.
- Individual merit certificate – Richard Critchlow CEO of the Engen Convenience Centre
- Individual merit certificate – Ms. Ntombifuthi Mkhwanazi
- Team merit certificate – Tongaat Hulett Sugar (THS), Felixton Mill
The IWMSA is a non-profit organisation comprising a body of dedicated professionals in their respective fields, who give freely and voluntarily of their time and expertise in order to effectively educate, promote and further the science and practice of waste management. For more information on the 2013/2014 awards, contact the IWMSA’s KwaZulu-Natal branch at: (031) 564 2795, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.iwmsa.co.za.