A greenie’s guide to recycling exhibition waste

By virtue of the temporary nature of projects, the exhibition industry tends to be a wasteful business sector. This makes innovative waste management solutions essential.

Our MD, Justin Hawes, believes that industry players would be remiss not to pursue ways to reduce and recycle waste.  He says that we really need to make sure that we’re not being wasteful as an industry. Small changes can often make a significant impact.

The attitude in the industry has definitely begun to shift to a more sustainable approach and Scan Display is committed to dealing with waste in a sustainable manner, re-using and recycling it wherever possible.

In the last few years we have implemented many green practices in our offices and warehouses, partnering with the following organisations to recycle our waste and make it more sustainable:

Interwaste

Scan Display’s Cape Town office uses the services of Interwaste to sort through all the waste generated in the production facility. Interwaste ensures waste generated by companies is recycled instead of going to landfill.

Interwaste helps the Cape Town Branch correctly identify waste streams and separates waste into the correct streams. This is done by a trained onsite Interwaste employee.

Sealand Gear

Sealand Gear upcycles items that others may see as waste. They create bags, accessories and clothing from durable materials such as truck tarp, advertising billboard mesh, stretch tent material and old sail cloth.

Scan Display sends all its Poly Twill prints to Sealand Gear in Cape Town. These graphics often have colourful images and Sealand Gear is able to use the fabrics for its clothing and accessories.

The Soweto Sewing Company

Scan Display supplies The Soweto Sewing Company with old graphics panels and banners for upcycling. We have supported The Soweto Sewing Company for the last 12 years, providing the team with space at our Newtown factory and commissioning them to make corporate gifts, including bags and aprons.

We are always looking for creative ways to re-use elements from our stands and choose to work with partners who help practice what we preach.