Aug 24, 2012
Tyre manufacturer succeeds in no waste to landfill goalBack
Agriculture|Africa|Components|Concrete|Contractor|Fire|Goodyear Group|Health|Packaging|Paper|PROJECT|Projects|Road|Safety|Storage|System|Technology|The Waste Trade Company|Waste|Waste Management|Water|Africa|South Africa|Uitenhage Facility|Easier Processing|Energy|Management Contractor|Manufacturing|Manufacturing Facility|Manufacturing Plant|Metal|Oil|Packaging|Plastics|Rubber|Rubber Offcuts|Eastern Cape|Environmental|Lize Hayward|Waste|Rags|Eastern Cape
The new yard, which is situated at the company’s manufacturing plant in Uitenhage, in the Eastern Cape, was established through a R2.4-million joint investment between Goodyear and its recycling partner, The Waste Trade Company.
Goodyear Group brand communications manager Lize Hayward says the waste yard ensures easier processing and storage of waste, deals with fire-protection issues associated with storing large quantities of potentially combustible materials and enhances the overall aesthetics of the Uitenhage premises.
“We generate about 21 t/d of waste, of which 98% is recycled and the balance thermally destroyed. None of our solid waste is landfilled,” she says, adding that Goodyear is currently the only manufacturing facility in South Africa that succeeds in adhering to a zero-waste-to-landfill policy.
The company’s waste ranges from raw-material packaging and containers to scrap tyres and various types of process-related waste, such as rubber offcuts. Wood, cardboard, glass, metal, oils, paper and plastics also contribute to the waste.
“All our solid waste is classified as recyclable or nonrecyclable. Recyclable waste, such as paper, cardboard, plastic, rubber, metal, glass, oil, wood and electronic items, are sent to our outsourced waste management contractor, which ensures that the various types of waste are correctly transported and reprocessed at various recycling institutes.
“Nonrecyclable waste, such as production waste and hazardous waste in the form of used oils and contaminated rags, is sent for thermal destruction. Our liquid waste is also thermally destroyed. Intact scrap tyres are used as fuel source, to make animal feed stations for the agriculture industry and as road surfacing components,” says Hayward.
Before the waste is collected for recycling, it has to be stored safely and securely in an area that is legally compliant with the National Environmental Management Waste Act.
Hazardous waste is stored in a hazardous-waste store that was built as part of the new waste yard. The area has a roof to prevent rainwater pollution and a concrete floor to prevent seepage into the ground. It is also sprinkler-protected to ensure compliance with local and corporate fire protection standards, says Hayward.Meanwhile, Goodyear s
aves millions of litres of water a month through a threefold approach.
Wastewater from its boiler house is recycled, runoff water is collected and reused, and steam condensate from various production processes is recovered. The recovered water is either redirected through the plumbing system to the company’s toilets or used for cooling machinery.
The company reported in January 2010 that it had saved 5.6-million litres of water in just two months by using the threefold system.
Further, since September 2010, Goodyear has provided streamed waste collection bins for the public, which facilitates recycling and generates funds that are put back into community projects.
“As environmental awareness about recycling increases, many people would like to help the planet but are not sure how. The streamed waste bins give community members an opportunity to do their part,” says Hayward.
Cans, glass, paper and plastic collected in these bins can be dumped into specially provided waste collection bins. The collection point is situated in the parking area of the company’s Uitenhage facility.
This is another joint venture between Goodyear and The Waste Trade Company.
The tyre manufacturer is also responsible for the launch of the Groenspoor project, an initiative aimed at educating the Eastern Cape community, through schools, about the value of recycling and reducing the amount of waste going to landfill.
The project was launched in September 2011 and is ongoing, with a trophy awarded to the school that collects the most waste on a quarterly basis.
“We are also encouraging businesses to hand over their waste to schools to help them win the trophy,” says Hayward.
She notes that the company plans to start working on another phase of the project, which it hopes to launch next year.
“This will create an opportunity for schools to showcase the environmental initiatives of various businesses through artwork that is to be published in a local newspaper,” says Hayward.
The company’s future plans also include a further reduction in the amount of waste it sends for thermal destruction.
“We aim to do this by investigating possible technologies which can assist in recovering energy from waste, and by dealing with process-related issues that generate the waste.
“This could include possible investment in more technology, increasing operator awareness and driving continuous improvement through close collaboration between our Continuous Improvement and Health and Safety departments,” Hayward points out.
Edited by: Chanel de Bruyn
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Online
To subscribe email email@example.com or click here
To advertise email firstname.lastname@example.org or click here
Other Environment News
Recent Research Reports
Automotive 2016: A review of South Africa's automotive sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Automotive 2016 Report provides an overview of South Africa’s automotive industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into local demand and production, vehicle imports and exports, investment and competitiveness in the sector, as well...
Energy Roundup – April 2016 (PDF Report)
The April 2016 roundup covers activities across South Africa for March 2016 and includes details of a North Gauteng High Court Judge’s dismissal of a court application to postpone the 9.4% electricity tariff increase, which the National Energy Regulator of South...
Electricity 2016: A review of South Africa's electricity sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Electricity 2016 report provides an overview of South Africa’s electricity sector, focusing on State-owned power utility Eskom and independent power producers, electricity planning, transmission, distribution and the theft thereof, besides other issues.
Energy Roundup – March 2016 (PDF Report)
The March 2016 roundup covers activities across South Africa for February 2016 and includes details of the Department of Energy’s plans to announce the preferred bidders for the first tranche of the coal independent power producer procurement programme; the Council...
Steel 2016: A review of South Africa's steel sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Steel 2016 Report examines South Africa’s steel industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the global steel market and and particularly into South South Africa’s steel sector, including production and consumption, main...
Construction 2016: A review of South Africa's construction industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Construction 2016 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; key participants; local demand; geographic diversification; corporate activity; black economic...
This Week's Magazine
The two spent-fuel pools at Eskom’s 1 800 MW Koeberg nuclear power station, in the Western Cape, will be full by 2018, increasing the urgency on the State-owned utility to begin pursuing alternative storage options. Koeberg has, over the past 32 years, accumulated a...
South Africa lacks the skills necessary to implement the government’s plan to build 9.6 GWe of new nuclear energy capacity, warns nuclear-qualified Quality Strategies International CEO David Crawford. “Apart from the concern about the affordability of the programme,...
Cybersecurity multinational Check Point has released its latest 700-series cybersecurity systems for small businesses, which draw on its international threat intelligence to provide up-to-date cybersecurity, says Check Point South Africa country manager Doros...
Daimler Trucks and Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) saw a marked slip in new-vehicle sales in 2015 compared with 2014, with sales dropping from 5 897 units to 5 300 units. The decline came as the South African new truck and bus market declined from 31 558 units in 2014...
Group of 20 (G-20) economies threatened to penalise havens that don’t share information on their banking clients after the leak of the Panama Papers provoked a global uproar over tax evasion. The G-20 will consider “defensive measures” against financial centers and...