Trash trucked into seaside town

2013-11-24 12:54
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Cape Town - Gansbaai residents are at the end of their tether after their idyllic seaside town has become home to a massive new rubbish dump, complete with idyllic sea views.

According to the Sunday Times, residents are particularly angry about this as the rubbish is not theirs – but rather trash that is being trucked in from Hermanus, which is 50km away.

For the past 18 months, thousands of tons of municipal waste has been trucked in to the holiday town. Residents have however had enough and are accusing the DA-controlled Overstrand municipality of not resolving the problem.

The municipality has said it is not their fault but was a result of the closure of the region’s Karwyderskraal waste disposal facility outside Hermanus. A municipality spokesperson David Bereti said officials were working hard to resolve the problem.

SA waste to double by 2025

The waste generated by South Africans is expected to double by the year 2025, according to a local waste expert.

Green Times reported on the recent Waste Compliance meeting organised by the Institute of waste Management South Africa where Jeffares & Green environmental consultant, Quinton Williams, presented the forecasted waste figures.

The 2012 National Waste Baseline Report says that South Africa generated approximately 108 million tonnes of waste in 2011.

According to Williams this figure is set to double by 2025.

The report further states that 10% of all waste generated in South Africa was recycled and concluded that “waste management in South Africa is thus still heavily reliant on land filling as a waste management option”.
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