Five years left for New England landfill

2016-04-20 06:00
PHOTO: supplied There might only be five years of use left at the New England Road Landfill site until it  reaches capacity.

PHOTO: supplied There might only be five years of use left at the New England Road Landfill site until it reaches capacity.

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THERE might only be five years of use left at the New England Road landfill site until it reaches capacity, depending on how much waste is reclaimed from the site by waste pickers or reclaimers, according to groundwork Waste Campaign manager, Musa Charmane.

“The landfill site is managed by the municipality - landfill staff continuously face many challenges such as running out of diesel for the compactor and trucks, which impacts on their operations, however, the appearance of the site is much better compared to the past five years,” said Charmane.

He added that waste pickers are still operating at the landfill.

“The municipality is looking at creating buy-back centres to increase recycling rates. The buy-back centres will replace a failed plan to have a materials recovery facility.”

Speaking on the recent announcement from Msunduzi Municipality about the new kerbside project that will be started in the city, Charmane said it would assist with lengthening the capacity of the New England Road landfill site.

“This [kerbside project] means recyclables will not go the landfill therefore saving space at the landfill and increasing the lifespan of the site.”

He added the success of the project will depend on many factors, including education and awareness for the public for separation at source.

“It would also depend how much waste pickers have been involved in the project because recyclable knowledge sits with them,” he said.

Charmane emphasised the need for waste pickers to be involved in the new municipal recycling project as they have the first-hand knowledge of the environment already and have made a living for many years by sorting through recycling.

“If the kerbside project works it would be good for the city. If it does not involve waste pickers it will be a shame because more than 500 waste pickers will lose their livelihoods, however, it is important to note that kerbside projects only become impactful after a number of years,” he said.

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