Minimising waste to landfill composting – an ideal alternative to landfill disposal

Vision Mission and Promise
Vision Mission and Promise

INTRODUCTION

EnviroServ’s Industrial Cleaning Services assists large, medium and smaller sized customers for whom safety and environmental peace of mind are a primary concern. The company’s specialist work for larger customers includes tank desludging and cleaning, cleaning of contaminated surfaces and gulleys as well as cleaning of equipment. These services may relate to crude oil tanks, chemical tanks, sumps through to the cleaning of ships, rigs and vessels that have been brought to port for maintenance.



THE CHALLENGE

EnviroServ was tasked with the cleaning of underwater storage tanks on the Petro SA Orca Oil Rig at the Port of Ngqura in the Eastern Cape. Petro SA needed a reliable, environmentally conscious waste management provider and with its reputation, EnviroServ was trusted with successful completion of the task.

THE SOLUTION

EnviroServ produces high quality compost using suitable organic waste materials and by-products such as animal remains, abattoir waste, eggshells, and fruit pulp, etc. For bulking agents, EnviroServ uses kraal manure, chicken litter and wood chips to ensure that there are enough organic materials high in nutrients like calcium, sulphur, magnesium, iron and zinc to replenish the soil. EnviroServ further offers on site solutions for clients in the form of the Mobile Composting Unit (MCU), which is designed to manage compostable organic waste materials in an environmentally friendly manner. It is targeted at commercial and industrial organic waste such as canteen food waste, kitchen food wastes, garden wastes, etc. The MCU will compost the waste material while cleaning the air using a bio-filter to prevent unpleasant odours. This makes the MCU a sustainable environmental solution because of landfill avoidance. The MCU is suitable for sites that have less than 10 tons per day of general waste in order to compost their waste without any waste license. The volume of each unit is approximately 5m3, and it is expected that there would be a maximum of 2–3 of these units on-site, therefore, a total of around 10–15m3 will be available per two-week cycle.



IN CONCLUSION

Composting helps us give back to nature what we take from her, positively contributing to the environment by reducing the volume of waste destined for landfill and impacting climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. By making compost from waste materials and by-products, EnviroServ aligns ourselves with the “Waste Hierarchy” principle of reduce, reuse and recycle, and looks to the future of waste management.

Pledge & Values
Pledge & Values

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