Mpact Recycling, who form part of the Johannesburg-based paper and plastic packaging business Mpact Limited, will be throwing their support behind next month’s cycling festival in the capital.
He said the company annually recycled 450 000 tonnes of paper, which is the equivalent of filling 552 Olympic swimming pools.
Mpact will be providing receptacles at all water points and Thompson said they encouraged cyclists to do their best to deposit their cups into the bins.
“We want to use this opportunity to create awareness of our ability to recycle paper cups used in the race,” said Thompson, who added this was the only cycling race in which they were involved.
“In addition we wish to engage with the consumers of Tshwane, who are part of our household collection programme.”
“All this paper is used in the manufacture of recycle-based paper and packaging, which reduces the reliance on virgin fibre,” said Thompson.
“We seek to divert material from landfill, create jobs and ensure a sustainable packaging and recycling industry.”
“We wish the cyclists a safe race and encourage them to maintain hydration,” he added.
“The main issue is that we have to make sure that the areas surrounding the water points are all cleaned up after the cyclists have been through,” he said.
“For this we employ a team of workers from the local community to assist us in clearing the debris.”
“That is why we have done away with those plastic packets and will be using cups at the Tshwane Classic, which will all be collected for recycling purposes.”