What to do with waste?

MOSSEL BAY NEWS - Waste minimisation creates jobs, reduces pollution, conserves natural resources and energy, reduces costs in manufacturing sectors and reduces the waste stream itself.

In the past month, a waste minimisation road show was launched by the Eden Integrated Waste Management District Forum in Mossel Bay, with further public events to take place in Knysna, Oudtshoorn and George, organised by the respective local municipalities to further raise awareness on waste minimisation.

The National Environment Management Waste Act (NEMWA), which was finalised 2009, includes some exciting provisions such as the promotion of waste minimisation by re-use, recycling and recovery. It focuses on implementing a waste management hierarchy, with the ultimate aim of diverting waste from landfills.

The Act also emphasises the social and economic impact of waste management, and seeks to involve communities in a new approach to waste management.

In Knysna, where landfill space is a scare commodity, the municipality makes use of the PetroSA waste disposal facility in Mossel Bay. Every ton of waste diverted from the landfill is a direct saving of between R150 to R200 per ton.

The Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning encourages and commends all proactive approaches to waste management by community members and municipalities.

Until 1997, waste management was not a priority in South Africa. This resulted in waste impacting detrimentally on the environment and on human health.

ARTICLE: NICKEY LE ROUX, MOSSEL BAY ADVERTISER JOURNALIST



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