Reduce waste — recycle it

2011-04-06 00:00

THE Hibiscus Coast Municipality (HCM) has launched a recycling project, with the co-operation of PETCO and Collect–a-Can, as a way to help combat the issue of residential waste in Port Shepstone.

“This is a pilot project which will be tested in Albersville Road for three months,” said Yandisa Ummvala, the area manager of the waste management department for the HCM on the lower South Coast.

The project is based on a “two bags” system and the residents of Albersville are given clear bags and a pamphlet about how to separate their domestic waste.

The launch of the project was officially announced at the Port Shepstone civic centre on Thursday. Albersville residents, Deputy Mayor, Johnny De Wet and representatives of PETCO and Collect-a-Can were present at the launch where the two recycling companies gave useful information about the importance of recycling.

Peppi Govender, Director of the HCM waste management department, spoke about the cost of waste management and the role recycling can play in reducing it.

“We cannot emphasise the importance of recycling waste; we must educate individuals about the way waste management system is operating and the importance of decreasing the volume of waste going to our landfill,” said Govender.

“If this project takes off, the ground waste management department can save millions of the ratepayer’s money. The Oatland landfill near Gamalakhe is currently costing the department R25 million per year to be managed,” said Govender.

“The amount can be reduced to R18 million if this recycling project can be applied to the whole area.”

Along with the Albersville pilot project, six schools in the same area will start collecting recyclables. All schools have been sponsored with bins and the HCM is monitoring the progress of collecting the recyclables at each school.

The idea is that the children encourage their parents with the recycling plan. The department is hoping to continue the project in Albersville and extend it to the other areas of the South Coast.

The idea behind recycling waste is to separate the waste into paper, glass, plastic and tins which can all be recycled successfully.

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