Organisers of the Tshwane Classic to be held in Pretoria next month have recycling at the forefront of their minds as they prepare for the capital’s major road race of the year.
By linking up with South Africa’s largest paper recycler in Mpact Recycling, ASG Events have put everything in place to ensure the streets of route are kept as clean as possible once the cyclists have done their thing.
Mpact business development officer Roland Thompson said they wanted to use the race “to create awareness of our ability to recycle paper cups”.
“In addition we wish to engage with the consumers of Tshwane, who are part of our household collection programme.”
He said the company annually recycled 450 000 tonnes of paper, diverting material from landfill, creating jobs and ensuring a sustainable packaging and recycling industry.
ASG Events operations manager Darren Herbst said recycling had become a big part of their planning as they needed to comply with certain regulations.
“The main issue is that we have to make sure that the areas surrounding the water points are all cleaned up after the cyclists have been through,” he said.
“For this we employ a team of workers from the local community to assist us in clearing the debris.”
He added that they were also required to use environmentally friendly material in providing sustenance for the cyclists.
The 98km feature race, which will feature full road closure, will pass a selection of the city’s most recognised landmarks.
The shorter option is over 60km, with both events, as well as a selection of races aimed at children, starting and finishing at the Voortrekker Monument.