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Recycling presents meaningful contribution by property sector

Posted On Friday, 04 April 2008 02:00 Published by
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With ecologically progressive practices so much in the spotlight, an increasing amount of property proprietors are adopting green building technologies for new property developments. But what of existing properties?

New-comers to the eco-earth philosophy can become so wrapped up in new green technologies that they tend to overlook recycling and the affordable ease with which it can be implemented. One company that has adopted a multi-faceted approach to both green building and energy and waste management in existing properties is Amdec Property Development.

Nick Reyneke of Amdec Property Development says that “many proprietors, once deciding to go green, subscribe to the notion of complex and expensive enviro-technologies as a determinant of the ‘greenness’ of a property.”

Reyneke explains that, although Amdec wholeheartedly supports green building technologies, it believes that recycling is probably the fastest way of kick-starting the eco-revolution in South Africa’s properties, working with what exists right now. “The role that recycling, and its quick-spreading, nature-nurturing ripples can play in this regard, should not be discounted,” says Reyneke.
Amdec is the owner of some of South Africa’s premier properties, jointly owning Melrose Arch in Johannesburg’s leafy northern suburbs, as well as the landmark building 28 Harrison Street office tower in the Johannesburg CBD incorporating 88 Fox Street. In Cape Town, Amdec’s portfolio includes Westlake Lifestyle Centre, Steenberg Office Park and its own head quarters, Amdec House. In all these properties Amdec has required that its managing agents adopt an eco-ethos of commitment to responsible recycling.

A shining example of progressive waste management is in evidence at Melrose Arch, Amdec’s flagship property. Nicholas Stopforth, Gauteng regional director of Amdec explains that through Don’t Waste Services, Melrose Arch ensures that it both enriches its visitors through providing a superlative, secure experience, and also protects the riches of the environment by recycling wherever and whatever possible.

In fact, 32 different types of materials are salvaged every day at Melrose Arch. These include glass, paper, various plastics and e-waste or computer trash.

Stopforth explains that Melrose Arch has a fully holistic on-site waste management programme rooted in recycling that includes comprehensive collection of waste from residents and other tenants within the precinct, as well as providing all equipment required to fulfill the service.

So progressive is the process at Melrose Arch that individual residents aren’t required to recycle themselves. Instead rubbish is relayed to waste holding points and then to a main eco-centre where staff separate the waste into the various categories. This is done seven days a week, 52 weeks a year.

In furthering the benefits of recycling, Reyneke explains that any proceeds generated from Amdec’s recycling are channeled to a worthy cause.

“Recycling is easy and cost effective for any building owner to implement and can be applied almost immediately whether in a large commercial portfolio, a single home or by a body corporate of a sectional title residential estate,” concludes Reyneke.

Publisher: eProp
Source: Amdec
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