Continental cleans Smelly Creek in support of World Water Day
- Staff tackles clean-up operation of water canal adjacent to tyre plant
- Supported by comprehensive environmental and waste management policy
- Strong focus on employee participation – at work and at home
A number of Continental Tyre South Africa (CTSA) employees embarked on a clean-up operation of the canal between the factory and the N2 freeway, commonly known as Smelly Creek.
This initiative forms part of the company’s support to Water Month, National Water Week which runs from 18-24 March and World Water Day on 22 March.
“Continental and its employees have committed themselves to an industry-leading environmental and waste management policy, and supporting these awareness campaigns is vital in order to reinforce the conservation message,” says Gishma Johnson, Corporate Communications Manager, CTSA.
“Water is our most precious resource, particularly in South Africa. We have to do everything we possibly can, both in the workplace and at home, in order to live up to the tenets of environmental sustainability, which are reduce, reuse and recycle.”
Led by the company’s Environment Safety and Health (ESH) Department, employees made their way to the canal today (Wednesday 20 March). The canal carries a high volume of water, particularly during the rainy season, but is regularly polluted with refuse and debris that is ultimately carried into the sea.
CTSA is a leading industry player as far as waste management is concerned, and has the full ISO 14001:2004 environmental certification which was re-certified for a further three years in July 2012.
“Continental is committed to the protection of the environment in which we operate,” Johnson says. “We design our processes and products with an emphasis on limiting our impact on the environment and natural resources.”
This is achieved by reducing the consumption of water, energy, raw materials and processing materials during the manufacturing process.
In particular, CTSA has introduced a raft of water-saving initiatives throughout its Port Elizabeth plant. This include the installation of rain water tanks which saves approximately 3 044m³ of potable water per annum. Furthermore, waste water from the cooling tower is redirected to the toilet flushing system, saving a further 3 401m³ per year according to Johnson.
Ongoing training, education and motivational initiatives are conducted with the company’s employees, partners, suppliers and customers to promote greater concern for the environment and natural resources.
In addition to water awareness, CTSA has adopted an extensive waste separation and management programme with the factory and admin block. Waste recycling points are also provided at the entrance to the plant, thus enabling employees to start recycling at home and bring their waste material to work in order to dispose of in the various bins provided.