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Mpact Recycling's Ronnie Bag goes green

19 March 2014

Mpact Recycling's kerbside house-to-house collection programme will be replacing the highly recognisable orange Ronnie Bag with the new green Mpact Recycling bag.

According to Mpact Recycling managing director, John Hunt, the replacement of the popular orange bags will start in March 2014, targeting participating suburbs in Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and Tshwane.

This will be done in a staggered manner, allowing contractors who usually collect the household recyclables in these areas to simply replace the old orange bag with the new green bag, explains Hunt.

We encourage residents to continue to fill up their Ronnie Bags with paper and paper-based products and put them out to be collected on designated days. This can include unwanted magazines, newspapers and cardboard, says Hunt.

Mpact Recycling currently collects from almost 200 000 homes based in Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and Tshwane. Collections are done every week from the kerbside on the same day as the municipal refuse collections.

Mpact Recycling, formerly Mondi Recycling, has been offering householders this convenient and hassle-free collection service at no cost for over 20 years.

Currently, paper recycling rates in South Africa are good at around 60 percent. Mpact Recycling continues to work diligently with various stakeholders including government, business and consumers to further improve recycling rates.

Paper consumed in people's homes and offices represents the biggest opportunity to grow paper recycling in South Africa. We urge all communities to embrace recycling programmes such as these as they do not only have direct benefits for the environment, but also create a future for others through job creation, says Hunt.

Mpact Recycling, part of the Mpact paper and plastics packaging group, is the largest paper recycler in South Africa. The recycling division has seven sites across the country collecting approximately 450,000 tonnes per annum of recovered paper.

To date we have empowered over 40 entrepreneurial companies to facilitate the company's collection strategies, says Hunt.

Hunt suggests that those new to recycling initiatives should start with paper.

Recycling paper which includes cardboard, old newspapers, magazines, outdated directories or schoolbooks is a simple process that goes a long way to reducing the impact on landfill sites, creating employment and reusing items that are simple to sort and recycle from home, says Hunt.

If you would like more information on the kerbside collection programme in your area, you can call the following numbers:

  • Toll-free number: 0800 022 112
  • Gauteng
  • Tulisa Park : 011 538 8600
  • Midrand : 011 315 8450
  • Pretoria West : 012 386 1383
  • Springs : 011 360 4460

Issued by FTI Consulting on behalf of Mpact:

Kgomotso Moalusi
+27 (0) 11 214 2413 / +27 (0)76 941 2902
Trevor Jones
+27 (0) 11 214 2414 / +27 (0)83 326 7698

On behalf of Mpact Limited

Donna Noble | Communications Manager, Mpact Recycling
+27 (0) 11 538 8603 / +27 (0)82 879 6269

Notes to editors

Mpact is a leading manufacturer of paper and plastics packaging in Southern Africa. The Paper business is integrated across the recycled paper-based corrugated packaging value chain and comprises three divisions being Recycling, Paper Manufacturing and Corrugated. The Plastics business manufactures rigid plastic packaging for the food, beverage, personal care, home care, pharmaceutical, agricultural and retail markets. Products include PET preforms, bottles and jars; plastic jumbo bins, wheelie bins, and crates; plastic containers for the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) market; styrene and PET trays, fast food containers and clear plastic films. The Group employs 3,760 people in 32 operations in South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

Source: MPACT