Mpact’s Fifty/50 Wheelie Bin Wins
The City of Cape Town and Mpact Plastic Containers have walked away with the SAPRO Trophy for the Recycled Product of the Year for their Fifty/50 Wheelie Bin, beating more than 30 other product entries in four different categories at the Annual awards ceremony held at Spier Wine Estate in Stellenbosch on Friday 18 September.
Having first introduced 240L wheelie bins, constructed of 100% virgin PE-HD for collecting refuse in 1991, The City of Cape Town recently specified that these bins need to be manufactured from 50% recycled PE-HD. These Fifty/50 bins are manufactured by MpactPlastic Containers and made of recycled materials obtained from end-of-life wheelie bins collected by the City of Cape Town. In fact, it was shown that The City collected more than 390 tons of bin material, and exchanged for new bins, made and tested to the stringent performance requirements stipulated in SANS 1494:2007, in just over 7 months. These new bins carry a 10-year guarantee.
Mpact Setting the Standard
Hosted by the South African Plastics Recycling Organisation (SAPRO) and Plastics|SA, the aim of the competition is to recognise products that are made from recycled materials and to inspire the owners of brands as well as industrial designers to consider recycled materials in their products and designs.
Impressed by the project, as a textbook example of how a process such as this should be managed, the Judges remarked that the Mpact and City of Cape Town collaboration paves the way for other South African Municipalities to also get on board and undertake similar initiatives.