DEVELOPMENT: Waste Management Re-Look
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The year-long project to assess alternative service delivery mechanisms that will divert waste from landfills in the City of Cape Town, will conclude with a report to Council on 30 March 2011.
This study is the most comprehensive evaluation of municipal solid waste services in South Africa. It is a significant achievement since Council adopted an Integrated Waste Management Policy in 2006 to align its services with changes in the South African environmental legislation.
The report contains recommendations to assess the feasibility of five Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) at the Athlone Refuse Transfer Station, the Swartklip Refuse Transfer Station, the Kraaifontein Integrated Waste Management Facility and two future planned facilities to implement large scale waste minimisation initiatives with the aid of the private sector.
Energy recovery from waste, composting, builders’ rubble crushing and large scale separation of recyclables are all preferred solutions that will be considered at these facilities. Processing activities are also possibilities that will ultimately be considered at the City’s waste management facilities. By integrating commercial activities with municipal waste services, it will bring the City a step closer to implementing internationally-recognised integrated waste management practices to simultaneously reduce the impacts of waste and derive economic benefit.
The City resolved in December last year that its composting plants at the Bellville South Landfill Site and at Radnor be assessed for PPPs, recognising the value of compost production to the local economy. This project has been registered with the National Treasury Department. Other projects will follow suit as per a priority schedule that will be drawn up by the Solid Waste Management Department.
The statutory PPP feasibility assessment is expected to take at least 12 months before the first public tender will be offered, assuming that the recommended projects are found to be economically viable and will not expose the City and its ratepayers to undue risk.
Alderman Clive Justus, Mayoral Committee Member for Utility Services, said: “ The City will consider its options in relation to local private sector projects, some of which have already been established and are not part of the envisaged integrated municipal waste management system. The Utility Services Directorate is preparing for the PPP process and the implementation of multi-functional projects. The City will embrace all opportunities to beneficiate waste and simultaneously initiate additional economic activities”.
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