Recycling to be a must for councils

2010-10-20 00:00

HIBISCUS Coast Municipality (HCM) area manager for cleansing and maintenance Yandisa Mhlamvu yesterday told the executive committee (Exco) that regulations will be promulgated to make recycling mandatory at local council level.

Speaking at the HCM’s council chambers in Port Shepstone, ­Mhlamvu delivered a report from a recent waste officers’ conference held in Boksburg, which was presided over by the Minister of Environmental Affairs Buyelwa Sonjica. She said the conference looked at the Waste Act and mechanisms to reduce waste through recycling.

“The objective of the conference was to exchange information on the best practices between municipalities and provinces, as well as to discuss and agree on the dimension shift in promoting waste management hierarchy and to launch the first waste management officer’s imbizo,” said Mhlamvu.

Mhlamvu added that the South African Local Government Association has urged municipalities to change the traditional way of waste collection and disposal to focus instead on waste reduction and recycling.

She said all municipalities need to appoint designated waste management officers who will co-ordinate projects with provincial and national governments.

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