Waste management plan improves service levels

2015-11-04 06:00

Residents of the metro will have started noticing significant improvements to the waste management services of late, as a result of the Metro’s Integrated Waste Management Plan (IWMP) project being undertaken by GIBB, South Africa’s leading black-owned engineering firm.

According to Walter Fyvie, Environmental Scientist at GIBB, and Project Manager, completion is scheduled for late 2015. “The NMBM has prioritised waste management, and the four-year implementation process was initiated by the City in 2011,” Fyvie said.

Plans are currently being formulated for the Nkonkobe Local Eastern Cape Municipality, and the local municipalities of Mandeni and Nquthu in KZN.

The key objectives of the NMBM Integrated Waste Management Plan are to:

) Improve future planning of waste infrastructure

) Provide an enabling environment for recycling

) Eradicate the need for a fortnightly collection services

) Improve infrastructure management

) Reduce illegal dumping

) Improve public awareness, and

) Improve public perception.

“The deadline for the National Waste Management Strategy targets is 2016; however many of these targets have proved unrealistic and beyond the reach of most authorities. Some authorities have struggled to review their IWMPs on a regular cycle and many have not used their IWMPs to guide their planning and implementation as intended,” commented Fyvie.

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