Averda acquires Solid Waste Technologies

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  • Bolsters position as largest in SA healthcare medical waste market

Global waste-management group, Averda, has extended its stake in the South African market with the acquisition of Solid Waste Technologies (SWT), a healthcare medical waste company with over 20 years’ experience.

The acquisition of SWT alongside SharpMed, acquired in 2016, makes Averda one of the largest and most comprehensive end-to-end healthcare waste management business in South Africa

Averda South Africa’s Managing Director, Johan van den Berg, said SWT will form an integral part of Averda’s waste management operations in South Africa aimed at offering a complete turnkey solution in healthcare waste management.

“As part of a global group, Averda South Africa is aligned with world class standards and systems that brings to market a differentiated service based on credibility, compliance, reporting and sustainability,” says van den Berg.

“We’ve recently invested R250-million in the construction of a state-of-the-art hazardous waste landfill site in Vlakfontein which will support our integrated operations through our strategic acquisitions of SWT and SharpMed.”

Eugene Barnard, Averda’s Healthcare Head, says South Africa is on par with global standards for operating and designing hazardous landfills and medical waste treatment facilities, and in meeting regulatory requirements and compliance.

“This acquisition boosts our footprint in the medical waste sector and will deliver a consistent and reliable service, world class management systems and procedures, the latest waste tracking technology and traceability, and state-of-the-art medical and hazardous waste technology and disposal facilities.”

“Our fully integrated waste management solution draws on Averda’s global expertise, experience and strong track record,” says Barnard.

“We employ the best people where we operate, and we draw on global expertise to enable skills transfer.  We operate state-of-the-art vehicles and utilise leading software, processes, and systems. The successful delivery of a service and operation is paramount to Averda. We’re excited to bring SWT’s expertise and technology they hold in the healthcare waste area into our business. We look forward to the integration and collectively furthering our research and investment into new technologies in the healthcare waste industry,” concluded Barnard.

Averda is the country’s first multinational waste-management company, with dedicated engineering and design departments headquartered in London to oversee its high standards, delivery, longevity and credibility wherever they operate.

Averda is a global integrated waste management company operating in 14 countries and employing over 15 000 people. The company is known for operating in emerging markets where there is a need for an effective waste management solution, and runs successful operations in a number of African countries including Angola, Gabon and Republic of Congo.

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