Triple Bottom Line

BY Vicky du Toit

People, planet, profit – three important ingredients to running a sustainable business.  When considering sustainability, carbon footprints, greenhouse gases and ecosystems come to mind.  However, this is only the environmental aspect of sustainability.  Other important aspects to consider are the social and economic factors.  The Waste Trade Company assists clients by considering the 3BL approach when managing their waste. 

When an efficient recycling programme is introduced, not only will the organisation’s carbon footprint be reduced, but so too will the disposal costs of sending waste to landfill. From a social perspective, recycling can assist an company in building valuable relationships with the surrounding community by partnering with a local school, church or nonprofit organisation. 

The Waste Trade Company assists by collecting recyclables from the organisation, and donating the financial rebates to the chosen institution.  “Relationships are key in the current fast paced business environment, and we consider our staff and clients to be part of our Waste Trade Family,” says Kay Hardy, General Manager of The Waste Trade Company.  

TWTC would like to congratulate the top three recycling schools in Port Elizabeth for the first term of 2017.  Kabega Primary took the lead by collecting 9516kg of recycling from January to March 2017.  Dr Adele Botha is the driving force behind the success of the recycling project at school, “we plan to use the prize money toward upgrading our toilet facilities, in order to use less water per flush, this way we can further reduce our environmental impact,” Dr Botha further advises schools to involve their school principal, personnel, parents and the local communities, “the more people are involved, the bigger the impact.”

Kwezi Lomso won second place by recycling a total of 6198kg for the first term of 2017.  Mr Kona, manager of the school’s basketball team, The Kwezi Lomso Rangers (who also refer to themselves as The Green Rangers), is very proud of his team’s efforts, “As Kwezi Lomso Comprehensive School, we are proud to be a part of this moving train.  It has been a blessing to us as we are a no fee school.”  The school’s basketball team took on the responsibility of running the recycling project at school, “ever since the team introduced the school to TWTC, we no longer need financial assistance for transport as the funds from recycling assists with this.” 

In third place, with a total of weight of 3789kg, is Mount Pleasant Primary.  Corne Oosthuizen, a school parent, is the green ambassador promoting this recycling project at school, “Identifying a Recycle-Team or an Eco-Club is key in the success of a schools recycling project.  Furthermore, resources are needed to store the recycling.  TWTC has also played a valuable role in our success, as they provide consistent service and are always available when we need advice.”


“Each year, Mpact Recycling sponsors prize money to the value of R 24,000 to TWTC’s Schools

Recycling Project. The programme, in its 8th year, has proved extremely successful in promoting the importance of recycling to the youth in Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage, Despatch and The Sundays River Valley area.” says Donna-Mari Noble, Communications Manager, Mpact Recycling. “Recycling is vital to ensuring our lovely country does not end up a rubbish site. We sit with a very serious issue in South Africa that in the not too distant future, most of our landfills will have to be closed due to over capacity. The change that all these schools programmes have, including the Mpact Ronnie Recycler programme, around the country will certainly go a long way in educating the recyclers of tomorrow.”

 May 16, 2017
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