Safari company takes its environmental footprint seriously

20Nov 2016
The Guardian Reporter
Guardian On Sunday
Safari company takes its environmental footprint seriously

A DAR ES SALAAM-based Selous Safari Company recently teamed up with The Recycler – a waste management and recycling company, also based in the city - to reduce its waste and efficiently recycle as much material as possible.

This is a large undertaking considering that the firm’s bush camps are in the remote areas of Selous and Ruaha, many hours from Dar es Salaam where the waste is recycled.

The company has decided to make this a priority, separating the waste at source and sending it with their supplies back to their head office in Dar es Salaam for recycling, said Charles Dobie, a Selous Safari Company director.

He said yesterday that the company has trained its staff on the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling as well as taking care of the environment.

He said: “It is critical for our planet that we all take responsibility for our waste and its critical for our business to conserve Tanzania’s environment.”

In just the seven months since the recycling project started, the safari company has recycled over 1,000 glass bottles and over 3,400 plastic bottles as well as 270 kilogrammes of paper.

“This is quite impressive when you consider that recycling a single glass bottle can conserve enough energy to run a computer for 25 minutes and recycling just one plastic bottle saves the equivalent amount of energy to light a 60-watt bulb for up to six hours,” said Matthew Haden, managing director The Recycler.

Haden said: “We are happy to see companies with such commitment as the Selous Safari Company that goes above and beyond to protect the environment.”

"If we want to keep the natural beauty of Tanzania, we need to reduce our waste and recycle as much as possible,” added Haden.

Dobie said the project matched with the Selous Safari Company’s overall vision to be as eco-friendly as possible.

He said the firm’s three camps each has a state-of-the-art solar invertor system, which allows their guests to have 24-hour power and hot water while minimizing the use of a generator and also installing and filtering their own drinking water to save on plastic bottles which currently are throttling Africa.

“Even in building and maintaining their camps they use local, sustainable building materials,” he said.