Formed in June 2017, Optimum Recycling Solutions has set out on a quest to provide good-quality, affordable recycling equipment to a wide cross section of the Southern African recycling industry – from entry-level collectors on the streets to recycling buyback centres and retailers.

The company focuses on the importing and distribution of recycling equipment in Southern Africa and was recently granted ‘distributor agency’ status for Southern Africa by MACFAB recycling equipment. “This provided a unique opportunity, as MACFAB was not officially represented in Southern Africa,” notes Barry Stead, managing director, Optimum Recycling Solutions.

“MACFAB operates and owns state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Ireland and has been operating since 1971. It is an international leader in the manufacturing of waste balers and, as such, is represented in over 30 countries,” he adds.

An all-inclusive offering

Stead says the company aims to be a one-stop shop for its clients, with an in-house supply chain service providing further synergies. “This enables us to offer a full management function, ensuring equipment is seamlessly managed from door to door, inclusive of installation and training.” Stead notes that the company values strategic partnerships in the industry with stakeholders, as they are vital to making a difference and creating a better environment for all.

“We’ve formulated innovative rental solutions together with Mercantile Bank, while our national servicing requirements and warranty support have been entrusted to Hyflo SA, among others.”

Partnerships of value

In its quest to service the recycling industry and grow its partnerships, Optimum Recycling recently attended WasteCon 2018. “We were pleasantly surprised by the interest shown in our equipment, among both delegates and exhibitors. We found WasteCon to be of great value, with much potential for business and partnerships of value.

“Ultimately, Optimum Recycling’s value proposition is to build a team of entrepreneurially minded people across South Africa who: value and cherish our environment; understand the challenges our customers face; and exist to provide superior service and cost-effective, innovative solutions and equipment for the management and compaction of disposable and recyclable waste in Southern Africa,” Stead concludes.