The Shongweni Landfill Site was established by waste disposal company, Waste-tron, in 1992, under a Class IIa licence (which allowed the disposal of domestic and industrial waste) following an Environmental Impact Assessment. In 1996, EnviroServ acquired Waste-tron and became the Shongweni Landfill operators.
EnviroServ's first permit to operate at Shongweni was issued by the then-Department of Water and Forestry Affairs in August 1997, in terms of Section 20 of the Environmental Conservation Act (73 of 1989). The permit was renewed by the Department of Water Affairs in September 2005. In 2007 this was renewed again by the Department of Environmental Affairs. The current H:h Waste Management Licence was issued in 2014
The Shongweni site is one of seven landfill sites run by the company across Southern Africa. It is run according to international best-practice standards with the aim of minimising risk to the environment through responsible management practices. In keeping with its philosophy of minimising impact, the company offers a range of alternate waste management solutions, with disposal to landfill being one of many options.