Good news at dump

Pri­vate en­ter­prise makes land­fill site func­tional again

Talk of the Town - - Front Page - ROB KNOWLES

PRI­VATE com­pa­nies en­gaged by the Nd­lambe Mu­nic­i­pal­ity to clean up the Port Al­fred refuse dump and get it up to op­er­a­tional stan­dards have ef­fected an al­most mirac­u­lous trans­for­ma­tion.

Viv Dell was hired by the mu­nic­i­pal­ity to use a grader and TLB to move the mounds of refuse that lit­tered the site and to ar­range it so that ac­cess could be gained to the site.

For the past few years the Port Al­fred dump site has be­come an eye­sore clut­tered with waste scat­tered willy-nilly. Since the clo­sure of the Bush­man’s refuse site due to a high court judg­ment against the mu­nic­i­pal­ity some time ago, the Port Al­fred dump has been the only op­er­a­tional refuse site in Nd­lambe and it has been ne­glected and abused as a seem­ingly end­less sup­ply of waste has been de­posited there.

Fires have been set at the dump and lo­cal res­i­dents have had to en­dure smoke in­hala­tion from the burn­ing toxic refuse.

How­ever, within a week of be­ing com­mis­sioned, and in con­junc­tion with Mphele En­gi­neers who are work­ing with the mu­nic­i­pal­ity to op­ti­mise the use of the dump, Dell and his men have cleared and lev­elled a large area at the dump and cre­ated paths for ve­hi­cles to fol­low and dump their refuse at the ap­pro­pri­ate sec­tion of the site.

“I was go­ing to use the TLB to shift the waste, but de­cided to rather go with a crane as this will en­able us to do a bet­ter job faster,” said Dell, whose son is also sup­ply­ing equip­ment to the site.

Mar­ius Els, who is a di­rec­tor at Mphele En­gi­neers, has been of­fer­ing ad­vice and strat­egy as to the best way of or­gan­is­ing the dump to im­prove per­for­mance as well as to make the job of con­trol­ling the dump eas­ier for who­ever will take over its man­age­ment.

“We are the con­sul­tants on the job and have made rec­om­men­da­tions to the mu­nic­i­pal­ity as to how best to clean up the dump and make it work­able,” Els said.

At this time the job is to clear a path­way to en­able ve­hi­cles to en­ter the site and move to the ap­pro­pri­ate lo­ca­tion to de­posit refuse.

Els asked Dell to set up ar­eas for dif­fer­ent types of waste in­clud­ing plas­tics, pa­per, biodegrad­able waste and so forth.

This will make it much eas­ier for any­one to iden­tify refuse by type and could pay div­i­dends in re­spect to the re­cy­cling ef­fort.

“We level the waste and place a layer of soil over the top be­fore adding more,” Els said.

Dell, who has ex­pressed an in­ter­est in ten­der­ing for the job of main­tain­ing the dump when the of­fi­cial ten­der is re­leased, said he al­ready had a man on site who could ful­fil re­quire­ments.

“We need a guard at the gate, as well as some­one to phys­i­cally man­age the dump­ing of refuse,” Dell ex­plained.

Pic­tures: ROB KNOWLES

MOSTLY DONE: In just a few days Viv Dell and his team, hired by the mu­nic­i­pal­ity, have vir­tu­ally cleared the Port Al­fred mu­nic­i­pal dump and made it pos­si­ble to open it to the pub­lic once more. Users will be directed to spe­cific parts of the site to...

KINGS OF THE DUMP: As­sist­ing the mu­nic­i­pal­ity to clear the Port Al­fred land­fill site were, from left, Mar­ius Els of Mphele En­gi­neers, who are con­sult­ing on the project, Kan­d­ley Ngi­nase, Rich­man Ngesi and Viv Dell who have used their skills and...

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