In support of the drive towards sustainable waste management and support of the waste hierarchy, EnviroServ has investigated various alternative waste treatments one of which is composting. Composting is the perfect environmentally friendly alternative to reduce the volume of waste disposed to landfill. This limits the further generation of leachate in the landfill environment and improves the quality of leachate should it be generated.
The pressure to find alternatives to landfill and to minimize waste going into a landfill is a priority for both EnviroServ and the industry players. EnviroServ has investigated various alternative waste treatments towards sustainable waste management and waste hierarchy. Composting is an environmentally friendly alternative and we have taken the initiative to compost certain waste streams which would usually end up in a landfill.
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.
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.
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