A heritage of trail blazing

While EnviroServ today serves all nine provinces of South Africa and operates in several African countries, the company started on a much smaller scale in 1979 as a door-to-door waste collection and disposal service. Our founders were entrepreneurs who saw a gap in the market and created the only privately-owned company prepared to tackle difficult operational conditions to service disadvantaged black townships during turbulent political times. This intrepid and pioneering spirit still informs everything we do today.

EnviroServ timeline of effective development and management of state of the art landfill operations: 


  • 1980s - The company expanded into a variety of markets including industrial waste.
  • 1990 – The Holfontein industrial waste disposal site was commissioned in Johannesburg in 1990 according to the Department of Water Affairs’ Minimum Requirements.
  • 1996 – EnviroServ became the first waste management company to list on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), sparking a series of acquisitions that would position us as South Africa’s foremost waste management company.
  • 1996 – EnviroServ acquired Waste-Tron, giving us a strong foothold in KwaZulu-Natal and access to the Shongweni landfill site.
  • 1996 – The acquisition of Edward Card and National Hygiene brought medical waste into our solution set. We no longer service the industry through providing containers and collection services. Our Roodepoort incinerator remains as a destruction facility.
  • 1997 - The acquisition of Waste-tech gave us a formidable national presence.
  • 2001 – Acquisition of Conquip Hire, specialising in compaction plant and equipment which today operates at our own facilities or on contract for clients.


  • 2003 – EnviroServ acquired Abzorbit, an emergency high-risk spill response company in KwaZulu Natal and incorporated into the Hazmat Support Services division. This has strengthened the position of Hazmat nationally and given Hazmat access to additional absorbent products.
  • 2005 – Expansion into Mozambique after winning a contract for operating the country’s only hazardous landfill site near Maputo.
  • 2005 – All brands were consolidated under the EnviroServ banner.
  • 2007 – Acquired EnviroServ Tailings, a company specialising in the construction and management of tailings dams for mines.
  • 2008 – EnviroServ delisted from the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and was acquired by private shareholders.

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.