Recycle to deal with waste - minister
Johannesburg - Recycling needs to be more accessible as a way to dispose of waste, Deputy Water Affairs Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi said on Wednesday.
"As we know, we are running out of landfill space and most of the waste landfilled is recyclable," she said in a speech prepared for delivery in Polokwane.
Recycling had the benefit of reclaiming energy and materials that would otherwise be wasted, she told a waste management conference.
Recycling should, therefore, be incorporated into waste collection systems, and these services should be available to indigent South Africans.
While industrial waste recycling was handled mainly by the private sector, plans were being formulated to increase municipal waste recycling, she said.
Mabudafhasi said municipalities would need to strengthen their revenue collection systems - for those who could afford to pay - before these initiatives could be put in place.
It would also create sustainable jobs in the waste disposal industry.