What normal person gets excited about other peoples waste? Apparently the management and staff of Smart Waste.

“We are passionate about it, it gives us a chance to clean up the environment,” says Clint Ralph, Smart Waste’s CEO. “I am an avid bird photographer and there is nothing more soul destroying than to see nature contaminated with our waste; we all need to take steps to prevent that.”

Now in its ninth year and rated as a BEE Level 1 organization Smart Waste began as a small recycling business in Gauteng. Whilst Smart Waste now handles all types of waste its focus remains on recycling – preferably on site. It effectively takes on the role of a waste project manager dealing with all aspects of a client’s general waste and recyclables.

In practical terms this means Smart Waste arranges for the collection and disposal of general waste, the sorting, collection and sale of recyclable materials as well as dealing with hazardous and specialized waste such as food waste.

“We aim to be a one-stop-shop for the client, taking care of all of their waste management needs,” explains Ralph. “From the clients perspective this means there is one party to hold responsible and one invoice to pay.”

Smart Waste also provides the client with a monthly report detailing the volumes and types of waste and recyclables so that the client can track changes and improvements over time. Stakeholders in the client’s business – as well as some overseas business associates and visitors – are showing an increasing interest in these certificates. Where necessary Smart Waste will also arrange for Safe Disposal Certificates.

Smart Waste – Western Cape was established five years ago and now services a well known shopping centre group, industrial estates and factories and a number of wine farms.

“The market in the Cape is very different to Gauteng and the rest of the country,” says Reg Barichievy, owner and manager of the Western Cape branch. “The core principles of providing a very high level of service and catering for all the client’s needs are however still valid.”

The Western Cape has different needs and solutions to the rest of the country, an example being the food waste to be disposed of from fruit farms and the hospitality industry. Smart Waste Western Cape also tends to do more consulting and training of clients staff and tenants.

“We also look to extend the range of recycled materials such as tetrapak and find alternate uses for clients recycled materials rather than dispose of them,” concludes Barichievy.

Having recently won a large four year contract to recycle UCT’s waste Smart Waste Western Cape is looking to service larger clients.