District to help small recycling businesses

2013-03-20 00:00

UMGUNGUNDLOVU District Municipality (UMDM) has put the prize money it received for being the best-run district municipality towards helping small recyclers break into the multi-million rand market.

Yesterday, the municipality held the first recycler’s summit at the City Royal Hotel.

More than 140 small recyclers met government and municipal officials to hear what opportunities were available.

The recyclers were vocal about their grievances, which ranged from ill-treatment by officials at landfill sites to schemes where they are given food vouchers instead of cash for waste.

They called on UMDM to investigate the role of middlemen in the recycling sector and alleged price-fixing.

The district municipal manager, Sbu Khuzwayo, assured the recyclers that the problems they raised would be investigated.

Khuzwayo said the district was committed to building the sector, which had enormous job creation potential and protected the environment.

The summit heard that the district municipality had allocated almost 50% of the R1 million prize money it received from the KZN Department of Co-operative Governance to a materials recovery project at Mooi River landfill site.

There are plans to establish a material recovery facility within Msunduzi Municipality.

Other projects being explored and that will be funded from the prize money are the collection of recyclable material from government offices and the purchase of a special collection vehicle that can be used by glass collecting co-operatives.

Delegates heard that the recycling sector within the district, which takes in Msunduzi, uMngeni, Richmond, Mpofana, Umshwathi, Mkhambathini and Impendle, if fully developed, had a potential financial value of over R60 million a year.

The summit ended with a resolution that small recyclers would build a trading association to advance their cause.

• nalini@witness.co.za

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