Animal-proof recycling gets underway in Kruger

2014-04-13 17:20
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Mbombela - More than R4m has been contributed towards installing an animal-proof recycling system at Skukuza in the Kruger National Park.

The conveyor-belt system, which allows waste from the camp to be sorted and recycled into baboon-proof cages, was officially launched in Skukuza on Friday.

“Now fully operational, the facility allows...waste that is collected from the camps to be sorted on-site, into various material types for recycling,” said Fezekile Tshiqi, human resources director at packaging supplier Nampak, which contributed to the project.

Tshiqi said Nampak would be able to reuse the disposed materials.

Of the R4m spent on the new facility, R800 000 was used to buy a truck to move packaging waste from the camps to the facility for sorting.

Nampak's relationship with the Kruger goes back to 2006 when the company provided the first plastic baboon-proof dustbins in the park.

In 2010, Nampak replaced the plastic bins with 150 prototype stainless steel dustbins.

Another 400 were provided this year. 

“Compared to the previous ones, which were heavy, the current stainless steel dustbins are not only baboon-proof, but child and elderly-people friendly," said Kruger spokesperson William Mabasa.

"The new dustbins also encourage separation of rubbish at source which is the best practice in the recycling industry today,” he added.

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