Upping the recycle movement!
Reduce, Re-use, Recycle is all in a day’s work for SUNCOAST employees.
Staff members at the gaming complex on Durban’s Golden Mile give more than the obligatory one-off nod to clean-up initiatives with their finely co-ordinated ongoing recycling system which contributes to lowering the carbon footprint.
Every used serviette, leftover breakfast scrap, cool drink tin and printed office memo follows a recycling journey to SUNCOAST’s Waste Area where it is dealt with systematically.
“Separating at source is vitally important in achieving quantity and quality in a successful recycling project,” says John van Zyl, Complex Services Maintenance Manager at SUNCOAST.
Rubbish of every description is regularly collected from offices, gaming areas, food courts and restaurant kitchens throughout the complex and taken to the Waste Area in SUNCOAST’s basement. Items are sorted and all recyclable material is placed in dedicated 240-litre wheelie bins for recycling.
“Waste on the sorting table is separated by various recycling categories (each has its dedicated wheelie-bin) such as different types of plastic, cans, glass, cardboard and office paper,” explains Van Zyl. “After the various bins are filled they are emptied into one-ton bale bags. Once these are full they are placed into a large roll-on container, collected and transported to our service provider’s off-site Materials Recovery Facility. All non-recyclable waste is fed into the on-site compactor.”
Van Zyl is excited about the new Bokashi Bran System which was implemented at SUNCOAST in September to shift the existing recycling programme up a notch.
“In a nutshell the system efficiently separates dry waste from food waste during food preparation and after consumption,” says Van Zyl.
“Once separated the food waste is processed through a ‘WasteStation’ machine where it is macerated and dewatered into minute particles. The ‘mix’ is then treated with Bokashi Bran (inoculated material consisting of anaerobic microbes which include wheat bran/yeast). This prevents the food waste from rotting and emitting unpleasant smells. After treatment the food waste is collected and used for organic composting.”
Van Zyl explains that municipal waste-management strategies in South Africa have set 2020 as the date where food waste will no longer be accepted at landfills. This is part of the National Environmental Management Waste Act’s goal to protect health and the environment.
“Food waste is a major cause of environmental damage when disposed of at a landfill,” he says. “It generates methane gas and leachates which contaminate the ground water. In the long-term the eco-friendly Bokashi Bran System will reduce food-waste volume by up to 80%, thus reducing transport and waste-removal costs and our carbon footprint.”
Van Zyl emphasizes that ongoing training of employees (kitchen staff and waitrons) is vital for the system to be successful. “If the separation of food waste and dry waste (such as serviettes, miniature butter tubs and straws) is not done correctly the process will fail. Implementing this system now at SUNCOAST is yet another contribution to practising sound environmental stewardship.”
ABOUT SUNCOAST CASINO, HOTELS AND ENTERTAINMENT:
Influenced by the Art Deco style of Miami South Beach, SUNCOAST Casino, Hotels & Entertainment is Durban’s leading gamer-tainment destination. It boasts unparalleled atmosphere from its location on Durban’s stretch of palm-lined beaches known as the Golden Mile and is within walking distance of the iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium.
Winner of the BMW Supertech KZN Top Business Award – Tourism Category 2014, voted KwaZulu-Natal’s “Best Casino” for the 14th year running, in the 2017 Daily News Your Choice Awards, the 2014 Ask Afrika Orange Index customer service award winning in the Casino Industry category, and recipient of the 2016 certificate of excellence by TripAdvisor.
SUNCOAST Casino, Hotels and Entertainment continues to be an integral part of the Durban entertainment scene.
SUNCOAST has a gaming floor of over 7,000m2, with coinless SMART technology, 1,600 slot machines, 67 gaming tables, and an exclusive Salon Prive called 77 Ocean Drive for higher limit slots and tables.
SUNCOAST’s leisure, dining and retail options include 13 restaurants and fast food outlets, a kids’ entertainment arcade and an 8-screen Cinecentre cinema complex.
SUNCOAST opens onto a boardwalk which links to uShaka Marine World to the south and Moses Mabhida stadium and Blue Lagoon to the north.
There is a superb grassed area between SUNCOAST and the beach offering loungers and umbrellas for the beachgoer.
The SUNCOAST Durban complex also offers 5-star conference and eventing venues plus superior accommodation at the sea-facing Suncoast Towers and SunSquare Suncoast with its Balinese-style spa and stylish Jeera Restaurant.
SUNCOAST Casino, Hotels & Entertainment is owned by Tsogo Sun Gaming.