The Kruger National Park (KNP) is one of South Africa's most sought after safari destinations and is frequented by many local and overseas visitors who want to enjoy a unique South African experience.
As Africa's largest packaging supplier, Nampak are mindful of the influence that packaging has on the environment and strive to produce packaging that is balanced in terms of providing product protection and preservation, is cost-effective and at the same time takes into account environmental responsibility*.
"Nampak's support for waste disposal in the KNP, dates back to 2006 when the first animal proof dust bins were installed to prevent baboons from rummaging through camps. In 2010, Nampak installed 150 new prototype bins allowing for separation of waste at source. A total of 400 bins have been installed in the southern area camps since the commencement of the project," says Fezekile Tshiqi, Group Human Resources Director and Chairman of the Group CSI Committee for Nampak.
The latest development in the partnership between Nampak and the KNP focuses on recycling by way of a Waste Materials Recovery System Facility (known as the MRF), installed at Skukuza Camp during 2013. The facility, now fully operational and publicly launched on Friday 11 April, allows post-consumer packaging waste that is collected from the camps to be sorted on-site, into various material types for recycling.
The MRF is a closed loop system that allows upright positioning of processors to separate different waste materials on a conveyer belt that increases productivity and efficiency. Baboon proof storage cages have also been installed at the facility.
Nampak contributed in excess of R4 million to the MRF facility, of which R800 000 was spent on a truck that enables the transfer of post-consumer packaging waste from the camps back to the facility for sorting over the project period.
Nampak trained KNP staff on the operation of the system to ensure maximum beneficiation. The MRF makes the recycling process pleasant and hygiene and safety standards have been improved to provide a healthy working environment.
"Because of the synergies between Nampak's CSI and Enterprise Development strategies, this MRF presents Nampak with an opportunity to identify a black entrepreneur who can be assisted in establishing a viable small business, thereby creating and maintaining sustainable jobs into the future. We will be working closely with the KNP authorities in this regard," says Fezekile Tshiqi.
The recycling methodology at the MRF will assist the park in being an environmentally friendly area and will also provide Nampak with additional valuable raw materials, to be used downstream in the manufacturing process, reducing the amount of waste being disposed of in landfills.
*In 2013 Nampak collected and recycled 248 787 tonnes of waste paper and board, Nampak's Recycling Division collected 51 213 tonnes of cullet (glass) and Nampak Polycyclers converted 8 811 tonnes of recycled polyethelene (plastic) into crates, bins and buckets