Recycling needs to be a way of life for all of us.  Cape Town’s landfill sites are filling up far too fast (likely to reach capacity within the next 8 years!) and if we don’t buck up and start separating our waste (never mind producing less of it in the first place), we’re going to be in trouble.

Happily, it just got a little bit easier for the busier folk amongst us to get our recycling done… last week I was invited to the launch of a new initiative that aims to make it increasingly convenient for all of us:

Woolworths and Engen have installed recycling facilities for paper, cardboard, glass and plastic at selected Engen service stations in the Western Cape as part of their commitment to reducing landfill waste and protecting the environment.

The recycling pilot project is being run in partnership with Nampak who will collect the waste as part of its existing recycling routes and distribution networks and ensure it is recycled.  

It’s a win-win situation:  we get easy and convenient access to regularly maintained recycling facilities, Engen and Woolies get custom in the form of petrol top-ups and food purchases, as well as the green kudos linked to this kind of project.

The current installation is a trial run, being conducted at 8 sites around Cape Town – with a view to rolling the recycling facilities out across the country.

Pilot sites at Engen service stations:

  • Sunset Beach – Otto Du Plessis Drive, Sunset Beach
  • Edgemead – 7 Edgemead Drive, Edgemead
  • Welgemoed –  Jip De Jager Drive, Welgemoed
  • Tokai Service Station – 226 Main Road, Retreat
  • Blackheath –  Buttskop Road, Blackheath
  • Motorport, Constantia – Constantia Village Shopping Centre, Constantia Road
  • Meadowridge, Bergvliet – 142 Ladies Mile Road, Meadowridge 
  • Paradyskloof, Stellenbosch – Blaauwklippen Road, Stellenbosch

The whole project makes so much sense it’s almost surprising that this hasn’t happened before… So, no more excuses for anyone who’s not already in the habit – it really couldn’t be easier!

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