Junk eliminators

The company’s vision is encapsulated in these powerful words: ‘Zero Waste to Landfill’.

30 August 2019 | Business

MICHELLINE NAWATISES



Rent-A-Drum is the largest privately owned Namibian refuse-removal company, with a fleet of 80 trucks.

The company’s equipment resources are supported by a focused, experienced and committed management team who consistently aim to source more cost-effective and environmentally friendly solutions, making it the leader in waste management and recycling in Namibia.

Established in 1989, Rent-A-Drum offers a comprehensive service to Namibian corporations, mines and smaller companies, as well as the residents of Windhoek, Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, Oshakati and Rundu.

The company has a long-standing legacy and is firmly rooted in Namibia, working for the benefit of the country, its human and environmental health and green job creation, the latter based upon the principles of the International Labour Organisation.

Rent-A-Drum continuously strives to improve methods of proper and more effective waste removal and containment management processes. The company has a strong environmental focus and aims to reduce and control pollution to the absolute minimum.

The company has grown exponentially in the past 30 years:

· It has over 500 Namibian employees.

· About 96% of its staff are from racially disadvantaged groups.

· It has a 100% Namibian workforce and 42% of its workforce are women.

· Over 80 waste collecting and removal vehicles.

· The only material recovery facility in Namibia – launched in 2010.

· First refuse-derived fuel plant in Namibia inaugurated on 15 March 2017.

· It has branches and subsidiaries in Windhoek, Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, Rundu and Oshakati, and at the Husab Mine, Rössing Mine and Namdeb.

· Rent-A-Drum complies with all local environmental laws applicable to the workplace, the products produced, and the methods of manufacture.

The company cares for the safe working environment of its employees and will continue to focus on reducing the environmental impact and to be at the forefront with regard to legislation and market demands. It follows its core values and has these deeply embedded in the culture of the organisation: Commitment, Accountability, Respect, Enthusiasm.

Overall involvement in Namibia

The Finnish-Namibian municipal North-South partnership programme during 2007-2011, research on waste management systems in Namibia was executed and Rent-A-Drum was identified as the potential waste management company in Namibia to partner with the Finnish company.

Molok Deep Collection System (Investments in industrial and environmental development in Namibia) (Launched 8 November 2012).

A feasibility study by students from Polytechnic of Namibia and TAMK-Socio.

Economic and Environmental Planning (March-May 2013).

Insurance claims and expired product destructions.

Hazardous waste management.

Medical waste management.

Partners with previously disadvantaged individuals as SMME contractors.

Rent-A-Drum received its 16th consecutive PMR reward for the leading waste management company in Namibia.

Rent-A-Drum is an active member of the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA), the Namibian Manufacturers Association (NMA), and a Founding Member of the Recycle Namibia Forum (RNF).

With health and safety among its top priorities, the objective is clear - to protect its employees, customers and surrounding neighbourhood from harm or ill-health.

Rent-A-Drum is the only certified and compliant waste management company to the OHSAS 18001:2007 Occupational Health and Safety Management System standard.

Conducting its business responsibly means that they strive to stay well ahead of what government agencies and clients require. They maintain strict and total control over all industrial waste and ensure that as much 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 manufacture.

Photos: Contributed

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