DEVELOPMENT: Integrated Waste Management
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The City of Cape Town is to introduce a new waste management by-law which will regulate recovery and recycling activities, and set minimum requirements for waste storage and infrastructure.
According to Alderman Clive Justus, Mayoral Committee Member for Utilities, the City of Cape Town is the first municipality in South Africa to develop a by-law in line with new national legislation.
“The Integrated Waste Management By-law is aimed at regulating and controlling the management of waste within the City of Cape Town. It replaces old by-laws, thus ensuring a uniform approach to waste management throughout the city,” he says.
“The by-law is closely aligned with the National Waste Management Strategy, as well as the National Environmental Management: Waste Act 59, which was gazetted on 10 March 2009.
“It is also underpinned by the City’s Integrated Waste Management Policy, which was adopted in 2006,” he says.
Cape Town’s 3,2 million residents produce some 6 000 tons of waste per day. This works out at an average of 2 kg per person per day. With waste generation growing at 7% per annum – Cape Town’s landfill sites at Vissershok, Bellville South and Strandfontein are almost filled to capacity.
“The City’s broad obligation is to ensure that waste management services are provided to maintain a safe and healthy environment and minimise resource and human impacts due to waste,” says Barry Coetzee, the City’s Head of Integrated Waste Management Policy.
According to national legislation, municipalities will henceforth regulate all entities that provide waste management services or generate waste.
“The by-law aims to ensure that all residents, organisations, businesses, visitors/tourists and government departments receive services from a legitimate waste management service provider.
“Accreditation will be required to ensure that all service providers abide by the City’s by-laws and general environmental legislation.
“Another key provision is the separation of waste that has value and can be recycled. This is already being piloted by the City in certain residential areas and will be rolled out on a broader scale subject to budget constraints,” says Coetzee.
The by-law explicitly spells out Council’s rights in respect of waste management services and its obligations regarding cleaning and cleansing – including for disaster management.
These include the responsible disposal of waste that cannot be recovered for recycling; collection and recovery for recycling, and the processing and treatment of waste and recyclable materials.
It also provides for the minimisation of waste by industries, commerce, government departments and major events organisers, and places an onus on businesses to provide waste and recycling information.
National legislation also requires municipalities to recover costs for services rendered. There will be no immediate affect on tariffs as the Council has already budgeted for the infrastructure and services that include the pilot projects to introduce waste minimisation services.
The by-law will be presented to Council at its meeting on Monday, 30 March and on acceptance forwarded to the Provincial Government for promulgation.
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