Pollution at New England landfill to be monitored

2013-04-17 00:00

MSUNDUZI Municipality has appointed an environmental consultant to ensure that the New England Road landfill site is not contaminating the surrounding area and waterways.

The consultant will analyse the gas emissions, groundwater, surface water and leachate from the dump and its immediate environs.

The Duzi River flowing nearby and the Blackburrow Spruit will also be tested.

According to a report by the project manager of the landfill site, Ramu Raghunandan, the landfill site covers more than 44 hectares, of which 29 ha are being used.

There is a staff complement of 22, including the landfill manager, foreman and supervisor.

Raghunandan said the site received about 600 tons of waste a day and the staff worked daily to spread, compact and cover the waste.

Heavy rains over the past months have made the path to the main dumping area inaccessible to many vehicles, resulting in waste being dumped all over the landfill site instead of in designated places, Raghunandan said.

This built up a backlog in the amount of material that had to be compacted, he said.

He noted that there had recently been complaints from the public about the stench caused by the tons of uncovered and uncompacted waste.

To avoid the spread of diseases, the municipality had hired additional equipment to deal with the situation.

Raghunandan said that the monitoring of the site and regular testing for contamination had to be done in terms of the permit given to the municipality by the Department of Environmental Affairs to run the landfill.


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