CELEBRATING 30 YEARS IN WASTE MANAGEMENT & RECYCLING IN NAMIBIA
Rent-A-Drum was established in 1989 and has grown into the biggest private enterprise of its kind in Namibia. With this year being the 30th anniversary of Rent-A-Drum, the company prides itself in being the leader in waste Management in Namibia. With a fully operational Refuse Derived Fuel plant (RDF) as well as the Material Recovery Facility (MRF) waste is taken to a new level and with a passion for the environment the vision was clear “Zero waste to Landfill”.
By standing together as a community in the fight against unemployment and waste, new opportunities are created through waste by means of recycling. Challenges with regard to educating the community about waste management is clear but can certainly be attained through perseverance and commitment.
It all started 30 years ago in Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia. From the time where 210L steel drums for garden refuse removal for residential areas were rented out, and one truck with a driver and two runners, until today, quite a few transformations transpired in the structure of Rent-A-Drum. With 30 years of growth, came an extended fleet of more than 80 waste collecting and removal vehicles and Rent-A-Drum employs more than 550 unskilled Namibians, 42% of them women.
The head office is located in Windhoek and there is also branches at the mines, Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, Oshakati, Oranjemund and now the newly established branch in Rundu. Rent-A-Drum provides a variety of specialized and comprehensive services to Namibian corporations, mines, factories, medical institutions, building contractors, body corporates, managing agents and smaller companies, as well as residential clientele and the general public.
The services of Rent-A-Drum comprise of general waste management and recycling, industrial and mining site solutions that includes recycling, metal recovery management, bioremediation, demolition, rehabilitation and waste removal. Specialized services include hazardous and medical waste removal, fat traps from the hospitality industry, destructions,corporate paper recycling and document shredding. Consulting services offer waste management audits and the development of customised solutions for companies. Developers, engineers and architects also receives assistance with the planning of waste management and waste areas of new property developments.
In 2010 Rent-A-Drum erected and commissioned a state-of-the-art Material Recovery Facility (MRF), the first and only one of its kind in Namibia, as well as a six-meter weigh-bridge to record volumes of recyclables received, processed and dispatched from the MRF. The MRF is a Waste Management System where the dry fraction of recyclables is delivered to be separated, processed and temporarily stored for transport to RSA.
REFUSE DERIVED FUEL (RDF)
On the 15th of March 2017, the first RDF Plant was inaugurated by the Minister of Environment and Tourism, Hon. Pohamba Shifeta.
This is the first of its kind in Namibia. Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF), is a fuel produced from various types of wastes and by-products with recoverable calorific values and can be used as fuels in a cement kiln replacing a portion of conventional fossil fuels like coal with a high environmental impact. About 12 000 tons of non-recyclable material collected and processed by Rent-A-Drum annually, will be used at Ohorongo Cement’s plant, along with other alternative fuels to fire the kiln, which is one of the key processes during cement manufacturing.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
With Health and Safety among their top priorities, they are proud to announce that they are certified, and compliant to the OHSAS 18001:207 Occupational Health and safety Management System standard. Rent-A-Drum maintains strict and total control over industrial wastes and ensure that as much as possible waste is directed into the recycling sector. Rent-A-Drum complies with all local environmental laws applicable to the workplace, the products produced, and the methods of manufacturing.
The company’s equipment resources are supported by an extremely focused, well experienced and committed management team who consistently aim to source more cost-effective and environmental friendly solutions which ensures that it stays the leader in waste management and the leading organization in recycling in Namibia. Rent-A-Drum will always strive to exceed their client’s expectations.
Rent-A-Drum’s goals are focused on health and safety, environmental conservation and quality assurance.
“Our work is our passion and the aspiration for excellence is visible in everything Rent-A-Drum execute as a team. We sincerely believe that our organization can offer you the most appropriate, effective but also most importantly cost-effective methods in terms of waste management services. We look forward to achieving new heights in the years to come with our vision encapsulated in these powerful words; Zero Waste to Landfill.” Gys Louw – Chief Executive Officer