Aug 20 | 2018
Mining Indaba collaborated with its host venue the Cape Town International Convention Centre to save 24,000kg of wood from landfill in an effort to ‘go green’ and reduce its carbon footprint.
Through the partnership, the wood “waste” from exhibition stands was donated to Orion School for Persons with Disability and Cabrico Genuine Face Brick & Pavers.
The Orion School for Persons with Disability is located in Atlantis and cares for children and adults with physical, mental, intellectual and neurological disabilities. The school will use the 6000kg of wood donated to manufacture tables and bookshelves for their classrooms, and to make coffee coasters, trays and placemats as part of their arts and crafts and income generating programme.
Cabrico Genuine Face Brick & Pavers are based in Stellenbosch and manufacture bricks in an environmentally sustainable and energy efficient manner. The 18,000kg of wood received will be used as fuel for their oven that bakes the plaster bricks.
In addition to donating wood “waste”, Scan Display, the contractor company that built the event’s exhibition stands, donated the fabric used for branding and directional signage purposes to Sealand Gear, who will reuse it to produce bags, accessories and clothing.
“We are always looking for ways to go green and learn about how we can do our part to minimise impact on the environment,” commented Alex Grose, Managing Director of Mining Indaba. “The mining industry places great importance on sustainability. As a leading event in the mining industry, we are keen to lead on that front and are constantly looking at ways to operate in a responsible and sustainable manner. That includes our carbon footprint, community engagement, resource usage and much more.”
Isabel Merces, Head of Operations at Mining Indaba, added: “We are proud to work with suppliers who uphold our values of sustainability. From finding new ways to save water in 2018, to recycling the materials we use, we are committed to sustainability as a company.”
Sustainability has garnered significant interest from the mining industry in recent years, leading to it becoming a central part of Mining Indaba’s programme.
“We are passionate about finding ways to not only reduce our impact on the environment, but also to assist our clients to reduce theirs,” said CTICC CEO Julie-May Ellingson. “For years, we have been assisting our clients to reduce, reuse, recycle and upcycle what some would consider ‘waste’, whether it be materials used to build exhibition stands or excess food, so that we can divert as much waste as possible from landfill.”
In the 2017/18 financial year, the CTICC diverted 84% of its waste from landfill.