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business: Recycling Pays Dividends for Metrofile


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“Metrofile have always been involved in the recycling of paper through the managed destruction of records that have been stored in our warehouses” says Peter McLaren-Kennedy, Sales and Marketing Director at Metrofile. “However, we wanted to do more, and have recently implemented a number of practices on our all sites which has led to a significant reduction in the waste we generate. Furthermore we have stepped up our paper recycling efforts with monthly volumes now exceeding 650 tonnes.”

In addition to recycling its own boxes and those records destroyed on behalf of its customers, Metrofile together with its sister division Rainbow also offer a paper management service that affords businesses and mass users of paper such as printing and mailing houses, the opportunity to have their office waste paper and confidential documents destroyed in a convenient and environmentally friendly manner.

Secure recycling bins are provided by Metrofile and Rainbow to clients which are emptied regularly and according to the clients’ needs. Metrofile also offers bulk collections and paper sorting to make recycling more convenient and effective.

Recycling within Metrofile’s own organisation is also of huge importance and all of Metrofile’s regional offices are equipped with recycling bins, and staff have been educated on the correct use of these as well as the advantages of recycling from an environmental perspective. In addition to which each operations is expected to deliver monthly recycling statistics.

According to the Paper Recycling Association of South Africa ( for every one tonne of paper recycled 3m² of landfill space is saved, 17 trees are put to other uses, coal based emissions are cut down by one tonne of CO2 and enough energy is saved per annum of recycling in South Africa to provide 520 homes with electricity for a year. Apart from saving energy, emissions and landfill space, recycling also saves transport and handling costs to municipalities and creates job opportunities.

“A large portion of our business is paper, and where better to start that to look at the recycling of the very lifeblood of our organisation. Since starting this initiative we have recycled thousands of tonnes of paper and we are working hard to increase this number. It is clear that all of us will need to do more to adopt a greener way of life and more environmentally friendly business practices. The benefits are becoming more and more evident and we are proud to be part of the solution and not the problem,” ends McLaren-Kennedy.

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