A heritage of trail blazing

Although EnviroServ now operates in a number of African countries, we started small, as Wade Refuse, with private door to door waste collection and disposal services. Our founders were entrepreneurs who saw the potential of working in under-serviced communities. They also had the courage of their social convictions, creating the only privately owned company prepared to provide desperately needed services to disadvantaged black townships, including Soweto, during turbulent political times that made operational conditions extremely difficult.

That intrepid spirit still informs everything we do today. Our staff will provide essential waste management services to customers under any and all conditions.

In the 1980s, the company expanded into a variety of markets, including industrial waste disposal. Again sensing an opportunity that would not only accelerate the company’s growth but benefit the economy as a whole, we commissioned our Holfontein industrial waste disposal site in 1990 according to the Department of Water Affairs’ Minimum Requirements. We followed up at the same site with an encapsulation facility designed to international standards for the disposal of hazardous waste. By 1995, Holfontein had the ability to handle the entire industrial waste stream generated in Gauteng, South Africa’s commercial hub.

In 1996, we became the first waste management company to be listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). This sparked a series of acquisitions that would position us as South Africa’s foremost waste management company.

Technology Footprint

Growing by solving progressively more waste problems

Our first acquistion was Waste-Tron, giving us a strong foothold in KwaZulu-Natal and access to the Shongweni landfill site.

We brought medical waste into our solution set with the acquisition of Edward Card and National Hygiene.

In 1997, the acquisition of Waste-Tech gave us a formidable national presence and critical mass across all our operations.

As the new millennium kicked in, a combination of organic growth and further acquisition positioned EnviroServ to provide complete waste management solutions to industrial and domestic customers throughout Africa.

2000 - we obtained a shareholding in Chargold, a company specialising in the beneficiation of carbon waste. We bought the remaining Chargold shares in 2004.


  • 2001 - we bought Conquip, a compaction plant and equipment hire company.
  • 2004 - we initiated our Africa expansion plan by awarding a domestic waste collection contract for Luanda, Angola to EnviroBac Limitada.
  • 2005 - we established a business in Mozambique and were awarded a contract for operating the country’s only hazardous landfill site near Maputo.
  • 2005 - we consolidated all our brands under the EnviroServ banner.
  • 2006 - we bought the agency for PEAT SORB spill containment material and acquired a company specialising in the construction and management of tailings dams for mines.

The end of that decade, 2010, was a watershed year. All our operations and resources were influential in the successful management of the spike in waste streams triggered by the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Also, renewable energy had been on our radar for some time because we believed it has the potential to solve some crucial existing waste issues as well as triggering new waste streams for which the world is not yet fully prepared. 

In 2010, we took our first steps into this new arena, acquiring a stake in a leading provider of renewable energy technology solutions, EECOFuels, and establishing our first plastic recycling plant, in the Western Cape. We finalised the buyout of EECOFuels in 2013.

Today our services, products, and solutions are comprehensive, enabling us to offer customers full turnkey or specially tailored options relevant to their specific operations and industries. Our offerings include:

  • Waste assessments, analysis and classification, including on site waste management.
  • Collection
  • Treatment and disposal of a wide category of waste.
  • Including industrial cleaning, planned hazmat services for key clients, and absorbent spill control products. Our hazmat clean-up is geared to deal with spills caused by chemicals, pesticide spill, and marine and aquatic incidents.
  • Tailings management.

Our track record in effective development and management of state of the art landfill operations is unparalleled in South Africa.