It’s estimated that Cape Town residents produce over 6000 tons of waste PER DAY! In other words, each person (and there are approximately 3,497,097 people in the greater Cape Town area) produces over 1.72 kilograms of waste per day! And even more frightening, waste generation in Cape Town grows at approximately 7 % a YEAR! Small wonder that we are fast running out of landfill…..
According to an Environmental Affairs and Tourism media statement issued in 2007, South Africa has set a national target of reducing the amount of waste going to landfills by 70% by 2022, and to minimise and treat the remaining 30%. So hopefully we won’t be drowning in the sea of waste humanity has created.
Oasis Association addresses two of the international 'three R' (Reduce, Re-use, Recycle) approaches towards waste minimisation. In other words, we focus on re-using (thanks to our shops) and recycling.
Recycling is something EVERYONE can get involved in. Simply adopting a recycling approach means that no matter what your financial position, you can make a contribution towards living lightly on our planet.
The Oasis Association’s Recycling and Waste Management Project takes an integrated approach to waste management and deals with waste in several different ways with the aim of reducing the amount of waste that ends up in landfills. Recycling also reduces the need for new raw materials, and so helps prevent environmentally harmful processes like mining, power generation and water exploitation. The bottom line is that reducing waste means less pollution, less raw materials AND a financial saving!
Oasis Association appointed an actuary (who volunteered her services) to analyze our recycling operations at the beginning of 2008. We were delighted to confirm that we processed over 220 tons of recyclable waste a month during 2007! This means that we saved the City of Cape Town approximately 20 339 cubic metres of landfill. Today we recycle over 260 tons of waste a month leading us to believe that "rubbish" is the only commodity that is recession proof!