Municipality responds to landfill fire

2017-08-23 06:00

“While measures are in place to limit the occurrence of landfill fires, and to ensure swift response to reported outbreaks, it would be near impossible to ensure that similar incidents never reoccur as they can be caused by surface heat source contact to deep seated spontaneous combustion.

“The landfill site is an important and strategic asset and must not be treated lightly. With the Umgungundlovu District Municipality the city is looking at alternatives for a new site.

“This entails costs as well as a myriad legislative, geotechnical, environmental and economic challenges and will take time.”

Mafumbatha said to close the landfill site one can only argue that it would be folly at this time as the landfill site is a “strategic jewel in the city crown”.

This is after people started signing a petition to close the landfill, which garnered more than 300 signatures.

“It is centrally situated and costs to dispose of refuse are minimal. Closing the landfill site can only be done if an alternative site is readily available.

“As no such site exists it would mean transporting our refuse to another district or city, and the costs of waste management could at least quadruple.

“The city will meet with anyone in an open and transparent manner to listen to residents’ frustrations and concerns, whenever they feel the need to express them. All constructive and positive suggestions will be welcomed. In due course the city will release a comprehensive plan to deal with the challenges of the landfill site, its importance, alternative plans and a comprehensive waste management plan.”

Mafumbatha thanked everyone who played a role in extinguishing the fire as well as the public who rallied together to keep the firefighters hydrated during the fire. - Supplied

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