It’s no secret that we live in a consumer driven throw-away society – it’s the 21st century and we’ve never been more wasteful. Did you know that the average amount of waste generated per person each day in South Africa is around 0.7 kilograms? This means that each South African is throwing away around 240 kilograms of trash a year! When you think about the amount of rubbish we’re making, one has to wonder where it all goes and what happens to it. Does it get dumped in the ground or does it get set alight and then buried in the ground? These are fundamental questions that we should all be paying more attention to, as Pretoria has gotten itself into quite a refuse removal mess.
The Rotten on Pretoria’s Waste Removal Situation
While South Africa has made great advancements in addressing key issues regarding refuse removal, it still remains a huge environmental issue throughout each province of South Africa, especially Johannesburg and Pretoria. Here’s an interesting fact: of the estimated 1 200 landfill sites in operation throughout the country, not only are less than half operational, but many are unlicensed, which means that they are running their operations illegally. A key concern and as one of the benchmarks of a progressive society, not only are our landfills at maximum capacity, but out of the 850 sewage work systems scattered throughout the South Africa, only 7% are complying with international benchmarks and standards.
Defined as the collection, transportation, processing, disposal, recycling and monitoring of waste materials – refuse removal in Johannesburg and Pretoria is currently a huge mess. Due to the sites having reached their maximum capacities – landfill sites are closing down all the time. In fact, from December 2013 to January 2014, Pretoria went from having eight operational landfill sites to only having five, and of the five landfill sites in operation throughout Pretoria, we have less than 10 years left. Yes, we’re running out of landfill space faster than we’re generating trash, which means that we need to find more efficient collection solutions and refine our waste disposal practices.
We Cover the Collection and Removal for Every Type of Industry
The latest step in keeping Pretoria clean, the privatisation of refuse removal and separation has become a saving grace. A tough and dangerous business, refuse removal and separation require the right team, equipment, experience and skills to do the job properly. At Star Skips, our refuse removal service in Pretoria covers the collection, separation, transportation, storage, transfer, recycling and disposal for every type of industry. Collecting and delivering 7 days a week and 365 days a year, whoever you are and whatever type of waste you have, we can assist you. We can remove it all – from building rubble, bricks, sand, garden waste, garage and yard clean-ups, home renovation scraps and restaurant waste, to plain household trash. Additionally, we are also one of only a few waste removal companies that offer the services of sand, stone and topsoil deliveries, which can be extremely helpful to builders and landscapers.
We Believe in Recycling and Composting
An important component of a civilised society, recycling helps conserve resources and energy, preserves valuable landfill space and supports a healthy environment. With millions of tonnes of waste generated each year throughout Pretoria, the only way to both preserve the environment and decrease the amount of waste sent to landfills is to recycle, and that is exactly what we do. Firm believers in the disposal of waste through ethical recycling and composting methods, we are an environmentally friendly waste management company that takes great pride in finding ethical ways in which to dispose of your waste.