Recycling is on the rise across South Africa, and specialised facilities help make the process more efficient for residents; Stellenbosch just launched one of these facilities.
Stellenbosch, South Africa (26 March 2021) – As part of Stellenbosch Municipality’s commitment to becoming a greener and more sustainable valley, the brand new waste material recovery facility (MRF) was launched by Mayor Gesie van Deventer this week.
This state of the art facility will serve as a place where recyclables are taken to, grouped, baled and provided to companies for use as raw material in the manufacturing of new products. The sorted recyclables have a much higher value than mixed recyclables and will be easily accepted into the booming recycling market. The facility also features a public drop-off area, which will allow residents to bring garage and recyclable waste to dispose of responsibly.
Landfill sites across the country are filling up, including those in Stellenbosch, which reached capacity in 2019. Building new landfill sites is not sustainable or environmentally feasible, as there simply isn’t enough land available to develop new landfills. The Municipality is currently investing in the expansion of the landfill site, but they have also shifted the focus on minimising waste to landfill by reducing, reusing and recycling. The new facility is part of the process of taking the minimisation of waste to the next level in conjunction with other waste minimisation initiatives. The MRF will allow for recyclables to be handled and processed in Stellenbosch, allowing for faster turnaround times by eliminating the need to travel to Cape Town. At the same time, it will provide jobs to residents registered on the unemployment database.
The activating of the MRF is a significant step in preserving the environment and maximising landfill airspace for future generations. Construction of the facility began in August 2019, and the total budget for the project was R29 million. The MRF has the capacity to process 450 tons of recyclable material per month and will employ up to 40 people once it becomes fully operational from 1 April 2021.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
All mixed recycles collected at households will be brought to the MRF for separation and processing. Residents may also bring clean recyclable materials to the facility during operating hours.
Recyclable material that will be accepted include:
- Plastic bottles and containers
- Food tins
- Cooldrink tins
- Juice boxes
- Milk containers
Residents may also bring garage waste to the facility for free disposal in vehicles with a maximum carry capacity of 1.5 tons. This will allow residents to dispose of their waste responsibly.
Waste accepted at the public drop-off area:
- Garage waste
- Recyclable materials
Waste not accepted at the public drop-off area:
- Garden waste
- Household hazardous waste
- Builder’s rubble
- Domestic waste
- Kitchen waste
These waste types are, however, accepted at our Stellenbosch landfill site.