ENVIRONMENT: Cape Town Scores Green Goal In Waste Management
Recent Western Cape Business News
The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) recently facilitated a feedback meeting to ascertain the outcomes of the various waste management strategies implemented in and around Cape Town, before, during and after the World Cup 2010. The results are good.
The City’s goals were to reduce costs and disposal of waste to landfill. FIFA required a 20% reduction of waste in terms of the ‘Green Goal’ programme and Cape Town came up trumps with an overall figure of 25%.
Along with the financial and social benefits, an event of this magnitude is bound to generate an extra waste load. Thorough investigation, carefully devised strategies, good communications and perseverance, are essential in order to reduce strain on an already overburdened system, most particularly, landfills.
Whilst planning began shortly after the awarding of the World Cup to South Africa, many unexpected challenges had to be faced such as additional unexpected responsibilities, resources not budgeted for, staff issues and time constraints to name just a few.
Disappointingly, in the instance of the four Public Viewing Areas, recycling ceased within a week due to limited or no participation from the public. Fortunately where recycling measures were successful – the Fan Fest, Stadium, Fan Walk and St George’s Mall, a massive 58% reduction of waste was reported.
The good news is the legacy this leaves. Recycling, in the form of dual litter bins, will continue around the Parade, Stadium, Adderley Street and St George’s Mall. The success of this venture will determine the future rollout of the dual litter bin recycling system in other areas.
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