REDISA (Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa) has been recognised for its innovative and efficient systems for the second consecutive year at the Oracle Awards
REDISA gained international recognition for its management system by winning the 2015 Oracle Innovation Award in Security. The award was presented to REDISA for efficiently complying with regulatory requirements, securing critical applications and sensitive data, and lowering operational costs.
“This award highlights to an international audience our hard work creating a management system which is an effective tool to build and grow a recycling industry, create jobs, deal with an environmental problem and at the same time make a significant contribution to reducing the national carbon footprint,” says REDISA CEO Hermann Erdmann.
Technology is the backbone of the business. REDISA has been successful in marrying a highly sophisticated technology process with basic micro business capabilities. Basically, the system registers the tyres that need to be collected from dealerships for transport to one of the many depots around the country. Because most transporters only have access to basic mobile phones, this information is sent via SMS functionality, payment for the transporter is also sent via the same function. This process alone increases security and reduces theft as there are no physical money transactions.
REDISA’s structure is essentially one of a reverse supply chain, made up of a virtual logistics fleet of transporters — micro collectors or waste entrepreneurs — with their own vehicles. To streamline operations and keep costs down, regional depots are the only infrastructure it owns.
For instance once the transporter delivers the load, a depot manager inputs information into the system via a tablet. The back-end of the system can keep track of all data: tyres collected, payments made, and orchestrating the onward transport to recycling centres. It allows for seamless management, and richer information collection and reporting.
Since inception, REDISA have always had plans to grow and reach more communities. “We wanted to repeat or replicate the success of the business model for other waste streams — such as oil, water, steel, and so forth — in even more territories and countries. For that to happen, we needed to have a really agile footprint and dramatic scalability,” says Erdmann.
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In addition, using the software tools, REDISA is able to track carbon emissions created by the transport network of owner managed businesses. The initiative is also able to report on the emissions created by the processing facilities as a result of the tyres delivered to their premises.
The award presentation took place in San Francisco on 28 October 2015.