Making Namibia greener - online

Here's who to contact when it comes to recycling.

12 November 2018 | Environment

Over the past year, Namibians have shown increased concern about their environmental footprint. Gloudi de Beer, Chairperson

Yolanda Nel - The Recycle Namibia Forum (RNF) is excited to introduce the very first Green Directory. Even better news is that it is available online.

The directory includes not only manufacturers and suppliers of green and environmental related products and services in the country, but also lists organisations that have a vested interest in promoting or offering environmentally friendly and sustainable practices.

According to the chairperson of RNF, Gloudi de Beer, many enquiries were received about who to contact about recycling in their area, or where to safely dispose of products. “It became evident that compiling and creating an online directory would be welcomed. Although originally intended only for the waste management industry, the increasing trend of environmental consciousness on so many levels by not only individuals but also the corporate sector, resulted in the decision to expand the categories to include a larger variety of services and products,” Gloudi said.

Individuals and businesses offering a green-related product or service, that ranges from solar to bio-friendly products, to the removal of building rubble, are welcome to register on the site. “As the site expands, it is hoped to include retailers and outlets that focus on reduced packaging and those who offer the refilling of containers in an effort to minimize waste,” Gloudi added.

In future they plan to also cover the hospitality industry and highlight which establishments are eco-friendly by limiting single use items such as disposable and plastic straws, cups and cutlery. It will also serve as platform for organisations selling upcycled items.

“Over the past year, Namibians have shown increased concern about their environmental footprint, with a significant number of new initiatives being borne. The RNF sees itself playing a vital role in supporting these initiatives by creating a pathway between customers and organisations,” Gloudi says. “However, without the support of our members, the RNF would not have been able to offer this service at no cost at this stage.”

Registration on the site is free of charge and can be done via the RNF’s website (nf.com.na). Categories on the site include food waste and glass, to building rubble and medical waste.

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