Reuse, Refuse, Reduce and Recycle with Co.Space

Ever heard of National Clean Up & Recycle Week SA? Okay, what about Recycle Day SA? If you answered ‘no’ keep reading and learn how to recycle and reduce environmental waste this week and beyond. National Clean Up & Recycle Week SA and Recycle Day SA are initiatives by Plastics SA and a very long list of other organisations.

These initiatives take place every year on 12 – 17 September and 16 September respectively. Whether you’re an entrepreneur or a business owner looking to reduce their carbon footprint, we have you covered. We’ve taken it upon ourselves to shine much needed light on the 6 R’s of sustainability for all types of entrepreneurs, business owners and their businesses.

What are the 6 R’s of sustainability?

Loosely explained, the 6 R’s are an acronym for reduce, reuse, refuse, rethink, repair and recycle; it is about saving the planet. The 6 R’s are about reforming our thinking, behaviour and relationship with waste material. They encourage us to rethink the way we think about non-biodegradable waste materials such as plastics, cans, and bottles. It is about refusing or reusing non-recyclables by finding alternative uses for them, and repairing or buying pre-used materials instead of buying new ones.

Co.Space and the 6 R’s

Co.Space reduces its energy and electricity consumption by using solar and smart energy saving technologies‎ such as motion sensor lights for the Hub and throughout the complex. We also have dedicated waste and recycling bins located throughout the complex. They are emptied regularly and separated according to the types of waste materials e.g. paper, plastic, cans etc. We also encourage our storepreneurs to bring their recyclables from home, because the more we recycle the longer we survive. Our complex is conveniently located near Grand Central Airport and Midrand Gautrain Station, making it easy for visitors and our storepreneurs to use public transport such as trains, buses and taxis.

What can I and my business do?

  • Reduce your carbon footprint by reducing your consumption – use less electricity, water, packaging and energy.
  • Refuse to collect more plastic bags whenever you go grocery shopping, rather bring your own packaging. Invest in a recycled grocery shopping bag that you can reuse every time you go grocery shopping – you can buy one at your local supermarket.
  • Reduce the number of plastics, cartons and paper containers you use by refusing the temptation to buy fast food – rather bring food from home.
  • Rethink the way you receive your mail: opt for e-statements and e-magazines instead of print mail.
  • Reuse product packaging such as cans, plastics and glass. The next time you’re tempted to throw away that 1 litre soda bottle, consider turning it into a pen holder or plant holder.
  • Instead of using your car to go to work on a daily basis, consider using a bicycle or sharing a ride with a colleague or using public transport such as the Gautrain buses and trains.
  • Get creative by generating your own energy e.g. windmill or solar panels.
  • Learn to recycle wherever you are – consciously think about what you do with your waste. Avoid littering, sort your waste and find the nearest recycling site to send your waste to.

Interesting facts about 6 R’s: Did you know that:

  • Up to 60% of the rubbish that ends up in the rubbish bin can be recycled;

Up to 80% of a vehicle can be recycled;

  • Glass is 100% recyclable and can be used over and over again;
  • Recycled paper produces 70% less air pollution;
  • Recycling tin, bottles, glass and plastic containers can save energy to power light bulbs for 2 to 4 hours;
  • You can recycle used oil, tires, plastics, glass, batteries, cartridges and paper;
  • The energy saved from paper recycling in a year is enough to provide electricity to up to 500 homes for a year and;
  • You can recycle your e-waste which includes laptops, electronics, fridges etc.

Want to read more about how you can play a part in cleaning up and recycling? Visit the recycling day website and the clean-up SA website. Want to know where to take your recyclable, search this directory. Our next blog post will be a Thursdate on green-entrepreneurship and what it takes to become a green-entrepreneur.