Businesses tackle waste

2018-11-27 06:00
Businesses talk about reducing waste in the area.

Businesses talk about reducing waste in the area.

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The Kalk Bay Business Association is doing all they can to ensure businesses and residents are aware of their waste and how they can recycle it.

The association organised a workshop aimed at making Kalk Bay more sustainable and aware of waste, recycling and the minimal use of non-biodegradable materials. The workshop took place at the Kalk Bay Community Centre on Monday 19 November.

The workshop for businesses was especially aimed at restaurants, which generate the most waste and recyclables. The “Waste Not, Want Not” workshop was planned and organised by the association to give staff in restaurants and businesses an understanding of how important it is to recycle and reduce waste.

Jo Adams, Kalk Bay Business Association manager, says there are a lot of restaurants in the area and, starting from the bottom, they had to find ways to ensure all the waste doesn’t end up in the ocean. “I suppose the whole idea was looking at the future and seeing what we can do to reduce so much waste that ends up in the oceans. There is a lot of pollution in the area and heading up to the holiday season it will only get worse. Most of the restaurants are right at the beach and if unnoticed, litter can end up on the beaches,” she says.

The workshop was aimed at getting businesses to discuss alternatives to takeaways or packages that end up in the wrong places. “We were very happy to have 45 Kalk Bay employees at the workshop, which shows a dedicated commitment towards this project from all of the Kalk Bay businesses. The message that came from the workshop is ‘Don’t throw anything away ... there is no Away’. It all ends up somewhere. Most of the packaging takes ages to degrade so we were looking at alternatives like people being charged for takeaway packs so that they don’t buy them or maybe they bring their own containers,” says Adams.

This workshop was presented by renowned environmental educator Patrick Dowling and covered waste minimisation, effective recycling and a more sustainable local environment.

“We also had a packaging expert there to demonstrate how important compostable packaging is, as well as the differences between biodegradable and compostable packaging. We talked about looking at using one supplier of packaging and other goods for Kalk Bay businesses, which would reduce the cost for everyone, as there would then be only one delivery to all of the businesses. This would also reduce the traffic congestion with far less deliveries to the area. This will also make a huge impact on the environment as well. Instead of having 20 trucks to deliver we at least have one big truck. It makes a lot of difference. This is the first of many steps to get Kalk Bay Village to be an environmentally sustainable area – the businesses as well as the residents.

V For more information, email kalkbaybusiness­@webmail.co.za.

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