Medine - 100 years

Our Environment

 

Sustainable development is a core element of Medine’s vision for its region. The company has thus embraced the challenge of waste reduction and reuse in a series of initiatives, mainly within its agricultural cluster:

Organic waste composting

Medine operates a major composting site in the vicinity of its sugar factory since 2000. The site is positioned on a surface area of 8.24 hectares, which receives green waste and organic by–product from the different activities of the group (sugarmilling, distillery, agro-processing, poultry farms), as well as from industries outside Medine. The output of this process platform is approx. 12 000 tons of agricultural compost per annum, used by the company as organic amendment for sugarcane and vegetable cultivation. Organic wastes are being biologically recycled through composting. The end-product is rich in organic matter and contributes to the long-term fertility of soils.

Air pollution reduction

In 2009, the installation of an Electrostatic Precipitator (ESP) on the chimney of the sugar factory has allowed the company to considerably reduce its air pollution. The ESP retains some 1.2 tons of particles “flyashes” per hour, which are reused in Medine’s plant nursery for producing seedlings.

Sugarcane harvest and trash-blanketing

Medine has adopted the internationally recognized ‘green cane harvesting’ method, which makes pre-harvest field burning obsolete. The leaves and tops of the cane are left on the ground as a 'trash blanket'. Research indicates this protects the soil from erosion, increases soil moisture, provides weed control, nutrient and soil health advantages, and reduces herbicide use.

Major latest achievements consist in the ISO 14001:2004 certification awarded to the Medine Sugar Milling Co. Ltd. in 2009, the further allotment of separation bins at Tamarina for both employees and residents, and the Green Award Mauritius prize obtained in 2010 and 2011 by Casela.