Natural resources are of two main categories: renewable and nonrenewable, or exhaustive, ones. The first resources can be transformed into secondary materials. The examples of renewable resources are: wood; glass; cardboard; iron; brass; aluminium; plastic, and water. In the non-renewable resources category, we can find oil at the top of the list. Let’s have a quick overview of renewable natural resources with LaCase.mu !
The advantages of the first natural resource needing recycling, water
Water is a commodity which is becoming rarer and rarer, almost a luxury product… This situation has compelled Mauritians to re-think their daily domestic and professional consumption. However, owing to the shortages of the dry periods and to regular interruptions in the water supply, solutions, such rainwater harvesting, can bring some comfort.
Collecting rainwater comprises, first of all, an economic advantage which can alleviate the family budget and make your water bill decrease. Moreover, by taking to this effort in your daily life, you will benefit from several sources of satisfaction : the water will spoil less your water pipes as it will be fresher, the reduction of wastage and a citizenship consciousness which will, partly, solve the problem of the Mauritian periods of water shortage. This decision will decrease, as well, tap water consumption that is allocated to chores which do not require it, such as showering, clothes washing and watering plants.
There are several modern techniques on sale to harvest rainwater, from water collectors to collecting-distributing systems on the whole household water network. If you do not wish to invest in a sophisticated and expensive technological device, you can still bring water to the mill of national effort, promoted by the government, by reverting to tricks and other DIY. For instance, collecting collecting rainwater flowing down the roof in a tank or channelling water by digging gullies in order to water your plants in a natural and efficient manner require no other investment than your will to do so.
The other natural resources
Paper and cardboard
A tree produces around 440 g of paper. By recycling paper and cardboard, we make sure that forests keep on producing oxygen. The recycling of one ton of paper enables us to save between 1.5 et 25 tons of wood. However, after a dozen recycling phases, paper cannot be recycled anymore as its fibers become too fragile.
Even if glass is manmade, the raw materials composing it are natural such as sand and lime. Natural resources are saved with glass recycling as glass manufacturing decelerates. For example, recycling one ton of glass enables around 700 kg of sand. Moreover, glass can be recycled non-exhaustively.
Scrap steel can, in general, be recycled. For example, recycling of a ton aluminium enables us to save two tons of bauxite. The manufacturing of aluminium with recycled materials required only 5% of the necessary energy needed to make the raw material.
An efficient means to be informed on the type pf plastic which fits most recycling is to check the triangular logo on packaging and which bears a digit between 1 and 7. Each country has its own laws on the matter.
Who takes care of the recycling process in Mauritius?
Non Government Organizations (NGO) take care of part of the recycling and the rest is handled by the State and private companies. For example, Green jobs are becoming more common in the Mauritian private sector so much so that the Ministry of Work intends to regulate this activity. Green jobs consist of collecting and renewable waste sorting, such as plastic, paper, cloth and metal, before the recycling process is undertaken by factories. In 2012, the Confederation of Private Sector Workers (Travailleurs du Secteur Privé) had launched a sensitizing campaign and local families have participated in a trial scheme of everyday use water collecting. The Ministry of the Environment has also launched several campaigns such as the Rainwater Harvesting Scheme in 2015/2016, encouraging local authorities, schools and environmental organizations to do so and the public to grow aware.
Regarding NGOs, Mission Verte makes available plastic bottle, cans and cardboard packaging containers available to Mauritians. The NGO also carries regular sensitization campaigns.
Mission Verte collecting sites :
Beau Plan / Beau Plan Business Park & Residential Zone
Caudan Waterfront / Food Court (small bins – PET and cans)
Curepipe / In front of the Municipality – Trou aux Cerfs – Loreto College – Cité Casernes (plastic and cans)
Ebène / Cyber Tower II
Flacq / Parking Winner’s (near KFC)
Flacq / Parking Spar
Forest Side / Parking Winner’s
Grand Baie / Parking Super U
Labourdonnais / Next to Ecole du Nord
Mahébourg / Parking London Way
Mare Tabac / Social Welfare Centre
Moka / Le Bocage International School
Moka / École du Centre
Péreybère / Parking Winner’s
Phoenix, Pont Fer / Mauritius Glass Gallery
Phoenix, St Paul / Parking Winner’s
Plaine Magnien / Parking Winner’s
Quatre Sœurs / Village Hall
Réduit / University of Mauritius
St Antoine / Zone Industrielle
Tamarin / École Paul & Virginie
Tamarin / Parking Centre Commercial La Place Cap Tamarin
Terre Rouge / Parking Winner’s
Vacoas, Réunion / Parking Winner’s
(Liste updated on 31st of July 2017 by Mission Verte)
La Case.mu wishes you a good recycling adventure!