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Recycle to deal with waste - minister

2011-10-05 22:23

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.

Comments
  • gatvol4corru - 2011-10-05 22:32

    Well,the ANC recycles all the incompetent & corrupt comrades! Must have some merit?

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-10-06 04:21

      They "RE-DEPLOY" the Spent Cadre's.... to LOOTFREELY HOUSE..... ROFLMAO!!!

  • Francois - 2011-10-05 22:41

    A good scientific point was just wasted (no pun intended) with political rhetoric. Honourable Minister, you most probably had to make a "accessable" and "poor - rich " speech to get the approval of your masters, but please do not introduce another form of tax. How about making a law that make basic foods and basic life means which the poor uses only saleable in recycleable packaging - then you don't even need to start about thinking about of extending the landfill sites. For a deputy minister in pretty much a scientific portfolio your grasp of science shows to be a bit limited, will you not agree?

  • Nicolai - 2011-10-06 07:08

    All talk...no Action. Stop making statements and start recycling projects with a recycle website with info on where to go etc etc. Pick n Pay has Recycling centers...they better than the govt in that respect...lol!!

  • FreedomFight - 2011-10-06 07:27

    bla bla bla - and so - MINISTA . . . what is your plan of action? Nice words, but please propose something concrete.

  • Vlooi - 2011-10-06 07:30

    Why do municipalities have to strengthen their revenue collection systems - for those who could afford to pay - before these initiatives could be put in place? This is surely profitable otherwise the private sector would not be doing it. Or is just easier for the parties involved to transfer money between "those who could afford to pay" to "those that are to lazy to work".

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