by S.A.L.G.A.

Municipalities learn to manage waste

SALGA promotes knowledge sharing

SALGA showcased Zondi Buyback Centre's operations.

The South African Local Government Association or SALGA recently organised a site visit for the Capricorn District Municipality to the Zondi Buy Back Centre in Soweto.

The municipality intends to establish buyback centres with the purpose of stimulating and promoting the recycling of waste in their jurisdiction.

The Zondi Buyback Centre is considered the best practice facility available in the country in terms of recycling. 

The main objective of the site visit which took place on the 17 May was to create a platform for the municipality to learn from the centre’s operations.

The centre was established in 2005 with the support of the City of Joburg funded by the Danish Government Agency (DANIDA).

It is owned and operated by the Refentse Sinqobile Trust.

The ZBB buys various recyclable materials from the community and informal waste collectors before processing and selling it to recycling companies.

The waste is sorted into various categories such as paper, plastic, glass and cans and the collectors get paid according to the volume they bring in.

The ZBBC has also partnered with Pikitup in conducting waste separation at source.

The recyclable material is collected for free, then sorted, processed into granulates, washed, and dried into palletised useful products.

The establishment of Zondi Enviro Consultant Primary Co-operative Trading as Zondi Buy Back Centre follows the co-operative’s aim to educate communities about the importance of waste management and benefits of recycling and to lobby the government on policy shifts towards better conservation methods.

We also advocate and encourage the communities at household level to practice separation at source.

Zondi Buy Back Centre is in partnership with Pikitup on separation at source projects.

The wastes materials products will then be collected, sorted, processed into granulates, washed and dried, palletised, moulded, designed and transformed into useful products some sorted and bailed.

These waste management methods will reduce hazardous emissions in landfill sites, hence playing a meaningful role towards the climate change.

The recyclable processing plants will act as sustainability initiatives and funding source for the waste management awareness and educational programmes.

It will create employment to citizens from associated communities into the mainstream green jobs economy.

Plastic products are inevitable considering the use thereof.

We seek to provide plastic solutions to our target clients from packaging solutions to intermediate products in their production cycle.

The need of plastic is dynamic as one need to tailor product solution to corporate client needs.

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