by Www.Ekurhuleni.Gov.Za

Greener Ekurhuleni

Benoni residents to benefit

Member of the mayoral committee, Bennett Nkani (left), with councillor at the Italian embassy, Dario Armeni

The Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality (EMM) is forging forward with its mission to achieve a 'cleaner and greener Ekurhuleni' by kick-starting a recycling initiative in the communities of Wattville and Actonville in Benoni.

The metro recently received a R4-million pilot project that includes two recycling drop-off/collection centres in those areas built by NETSAFRICA – an organisation formed from the twinning of Tuscan and South African local governments.

The project involved capacitating 45 informal waste collectors, who have now formed the Nkoza Environment and Cleaning Primary Co-operative. The organisation will be responsible for collecting waste in the areas of Wattville and Actonville where the municipality is not already rendering this service. The waste will be sorted and sold for recycling purposes.

Over the past 18 months, partners have been setting the foundation for the pilot by conducting research, training and constructing the necessary facilities. Now the project is to fully rollout its operations to the community to test the effectiveness of the model, which involves community-based organisations in waste collection and recycle efforts.

According to member of the mayoral committee for economic development and city planning, Bennett Nkani, the objectives of the project are twofold: “The EMM has developed a comprehensive job-creation programme which seeks to activate social entrepreneurship through the implementation of community-driven work programmes.

“Hence, the partnership with NETSAFRICA has enabled us to spearhead and provide thought leadership in the area of waste management through the utilisation of alternative service delivery methods. It is in this regard that the lessons that have been generated from the programme will be instrumental in shaping our thinking and approach toward community-based empowerment,” he said.

The collection of recycling waste involves the placement of bins in areas where there is illegal dumping as well as door-to-door collection with refuse bags at households.

The co-operative will use a truck and tricycles with a front mesh cage to collect recyclable waste, which they will then deliver to drop-off centres for sorting and storage. 

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