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95% of the City of Cape Town's Green Waste Recovered for Organic Composting

Eosta subsidiary Soil & More has been awarded the right to recover about 95% of the City's green waste for organic composting. Soil & More Reliance (SMR) recently signed a contract worth around 70 million Rand with the City of Cape Town. The company has been awarded the contract because of her prominent sustainable entrepreneurship.

The cooperation between the City of Cape Town and SMR started in 2007, when the company was contracted to chip green waste on three sites in the Peninsula. Only two years later, municipal authorities rewarded SMR with a new contract, allowing the company to chip green waste at 12 sites in and around Cape Town. This is a 400% growth within two years, which will increase the amount of chipped green material from 9.000 m3 to 23.000 m3 (36.000 m3 to 92.000 m3 unprocessed) per month over the next three years. To ensure efficiency at all sites, SMR invested into four industrial top (tub) grinders from the USA.

Together with the City of Cape Town, SMR aims to further reduce the amount of green waste dumped on landfills. SMR uses innovative composting technology which does not only transform green waste into high quality compost, but also qualifies as an emission reduction project according to the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change).

Currently, Soil & More Reliance generates its carbon credits through methane avoidance in shortening the methane emitting period of the green waste. Soil & More's compost is produced using green waste which -if not used for composting- would be dumped on landfills and left to rot, thus emitting methane for decades. The carbon credits are generated according to the latest UNFCCC guidelines, and third party verified.

Parent Eosta was the first food distributor in Europe to offer TÜV-Nord certified Climate Neutral products (organic fruits and vegetables), based on full lifecycle carbon assessments by Soil & More. Eosta has been a pioneer in sustainable entrepreneurship for years and was the founder of the "trace and tell" scheme Nature & More. Shortly, the company will present a whole new view on Corporate Social Responsibility, including the social values Freedom, Justice and Solidarity and the environmental themes Air, Animals, Energy, Plants, Soil and Water.

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