The Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs, Honourble Rejoice Mabudafhasi officially handed over a R7.5m KwaMashu Buy Back Centre and composting facility to the eThekwini Municipality, on Friday, 28/06/13.The core objective of the initiative is to promote a clean and green environment.
 
She said Government introduced the idea of Buy-Back Centres to reduce waste which gets dumped into landfill sites.
 
The Speaker of the Municipality, Cllr Logie Naidoo said the launch of this magnificent facility is going to be of great significance to the residents of Phoenix, Inanda, Ntuzuma and KwaMashu (PINK) areas. “Today is a special day as we are celebrating Environmental Month and with this new structure we will achieve our objectives of minimising waste in the City.” said Naidoo.
 
The Municipality’s Head of Durban Solid Waste Unit, Raymond Rampersad said this new facility will assure that the environment is well sustained and it also a drive for job creation. The project has to date provided employment to 100 people around KwaMashu and its implementation has promoted the idea of SMME development.
 
“We need to promote public participation so that we can ensure that this project is sustained. We empower and educate people on recycling as I believe that waste can create jobs for the people who live in the area,” said Rampersad.
 
He said waste recycling is one of the ways in which we can curb litter and generate income out of it. The Municipality is encouraging recycling as one of the ways of having a ‘green’ City. The recyclable materials that are allowed are; bottles, cans, cardboards, paper common, paper HL1 and PET (plastic material).
 
If we do not act now we are eventually going to run out of landfill space and places to build new landfills sites. By recycling, you are giving the used product a new life in being recycled into a new or different product altogether. Recycling turns material that would have become waste into precious resources.
 
The Deputy Minister also announced the winners of the Greenest Municipalities Competition during an award ceremony held in Marianhill Landfill Site. The Greenest Municipality Competition (GMC) started in 2001 as the Cleanest Town Competition (CTC) with a primary focus of implementing the National Waste Management Strategy. EThekwini scooped R3m, prize after coming second after Cape Town which will be spent in ensuring a greener environment, which will contribute to the health of the citizens.
 
For more information, contact Thabo Mofokeng on 031 311 4820/ 0827317456 or
 
Issued by the eThekwini Municipality’s Communications Unit. Contact Khaya
Sengani on 031 311 4808/083 339 6065 or email: senganik@durban.gov.za.