Growing For Good Teaching the value of waste

It's sorted

At Spier, we consider everything that comes onto the farm and carefully consider whatever leaves it. We work closely with the Stellenbosch Municipality to achieve our zero waste-to-landfill target, and conduct ongoing in-house training through the It’s Sorted staff programme.

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A few key facts

Organic waste recycled


Garden prunings and cut-out alien vegetation gets chipped and combined with pomace from our winery to form a nutrient-rich compost. This is used for mulching in our vineyards, gardens and nursery. Our use of organic waste to form compost results not just in less waste-to-landfill, but ensures the natural boosting of soil fertility.

Waste to landfill


Since November 2021, we have diverted all of our waste - 96% recycled and the balance - to a waste-to-energy plant.

Carbon reduction

78 tons

In the twelve months to May 2022, our recycling and recovery efforts resulted in 78 tons less CO2 equivalent in the atmosphere.

We are constantly looking at innovations around more sustainable and environmentally-friendly packaging. 
Plastic reduction

19 600 kg pa

By glueing wine boxes, we have eliminated plastic packaging tape in production.

Paper recycling

10 600 kg pa

We partner with Re-a-Liner Pty Ltd to recycle all glassine release liners (backing paper) from our locally produced wine labels.

Glass reduction

115 002 kg pa

By changing six products to lighter-weight bottles in 2022, we have saved this amount of glass from our waste stream every year.

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Nurturing nature

Our land is holistically farmed to create a diversified, balanced ecosystem with minimal impact on the environment.

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Spier Food Garden

Cultivating resilience and flavour through eco-friendly farming and community engagement.

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Reducing and reusing water

100% of Spier’s black and grey wastewater is recycled using a centralised wastewater treatment plant installed in 2007.

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Living in some of the province’s most impoverished communities, Tree-preneurs are taught how to care for indigenous trees and plants.

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Agents of change

Because each employee is an ambassador for Spier and its values, every new member of our team participates in a five-day training course that explores environmental and social challenges.

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Skills development

Spier is a participating employer in the Pinotage Youth Development Academy which seeks to educate and employ disadvantaged youth in the wine industry.

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Harambee youth employment accelerator

Spier recruits entry-level staff through Harambee, an initiative that sources, trains and places unemployed young people from disadvantaged backgrounds into their first jobs.

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Pack for a purpose

Pack for a Purpose invites visitors to Spier to fill spare space in their luggage with much-needed books, stationery and other educational supplies for disadvantaged young students

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Living Soils Community Learning Farm

Based at Spier, this learning and demonstration farm produces nutritious food using eco-friendly regenerative farming methods while empowering a new generation of farmers.

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A Living Tribute to Contemporary South African Art

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An ethical supply chain

We ensure integrity throughout our supply chain by monitoring the agreed commitments in our Spier Supplier Ethical Code of Conduct, which includes compliance with all relevant labour, health and safety and environmental legislation.

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The Spier Nursery

The Spier Nursery was established to propagate and grow indigenous trees and plants that are specific to the region to re-introduce these onto the farm.

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Carbon & climate

Spier is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and nurturing healthy, carbon-rich soils.

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Individual Learning Spend

Facilitating the personal development and wellbeing of our staff