USE IT - Flagship Project: The Hammarsdale Waste Beneficiation Centre
The vision of the Hammarsdale Waste Beneficiation Centre (HWBC) is to establish a "community factory" that will promote job creation by participating in the production of "green" products from recycled and locally available materials, for larger scale contracts, while at the same time providing participants with useful skills for own future business ventures. It will also stimulate economic activity in the area from the collection of recyclable waste and address multiple levels of intervention to expand job creation and skills development in the area. The Centre is a collaborative venture with government and the private sector to create a green economic hub of excellence that will showcase eThekwini’s and the government’s commitment to the Green Economy that can be showcased globally.
Compressed Earth Block Project with USE-IT - Plastering
Equipment manufactured by Advanced Earthen Construction Technologies is used by USE-IT to compress the soil, mixed waste and cement stabiliser mixture into compressed earth blocks. The machine is able to make 350 compressed earth blocks in one hour.
The Circulars 2017 Finalist Governments, Cities & Regions - USE-IT
USE-IT is a Non-Profit Corporation (NPC) based in Durban, South Africa that has been in operation for 7 years, funded through government grants and private sector investments. USE-IT primary mandate is to divert as much waste as possible from landfill whilst maximizing job-creation. In its first 6 years, USE-IT has used innovation in waste beneficiation to create more than 2300 jobs in the waste sector across KwaZulu-Natal. In doing so USE-IT is a cost-negative agency saving 4.59 times its direct funds in landfill diversion alone and in its first 6 years has provided more than 1500% return on its primary funding received. USE-IT has created a model for all municipalities across South Africa to aspire to and all projects are imminently expandable. USE-IT has won 5 major national awards in 2 years for green innovation and is currently leveraging funds to expand its successes nationally and into Africa.