Come clean about source of waste

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE -

WITH REF­ER­ENCE TO “Welling­ton waste project flawed, il­le­gal” (Week­end Ar­gus, July 29).

The waste incin­er­a­tor re­quires a min­i­mum of 500 tons/day to be sus­tain­able. The mem­o­ran­dum of agree­ment (May 30, 2012) be­tween the mu­nic­i­pal­ity and In­ter­waste does not iden­tify the source from where the waste will be im­ported. The MSA s78 (3)/PPP Fea­si­bil­ity Re­port (July 8, 2013) states: “In­ter­waste is well aware that it must be pre­pared to sup­ply all the waste re­quired. This is a risk to which In­ter­waste com­mit­ted it­self ”.

Since no agree­ment ex­ists be­tween In­ter­waste, Stel­len­bosch and the City of Cape Town mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties for sup­ply­ing this ad­di­tional waste, one of the op­tions to sus­tain the waste incin­er­a­tor is for In­ter­waste to im­port waste from another coun­try.

An IMIESA mag­a­zine ar­ti­cle dated De­cem­ber 7, 2016, states that the UK ships about three mil­lion tons of waste over­seas a year for use as fuel. Men­tion is also made that it is more eco­nom­i­cal and en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly to dis­pose of waste gen­er­ated in the UK in South Africa.

Mike Ni­cholls, di­rec­tor of tech­ni­cal ser­vices at In­ter­waste was quoted in the Daily Mav­er­ick (Fe­bru­ary 18, 2016) say­ing:

Although there is cur­rently only one RDF plant in op­er­a­tion in South Africa, there are plans un­der way to ex­pand to four.

The first step in this di­rec­tion has been to se­cure a con­tract with the Drak­en­stein Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, where the rel­a­tively small amount of waste gen­er­ated in this area, when re­cy­cled, can none­the­less sup­ply elec­tri­cal en­ergy to the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

The Welling­ton com­mu­nity feels the Drak­en­stein Mu­nic­i­pal­ity needs to come clean about where the waste will come from to sus­tain the pro­posed incin­er­a­tor.

If Welling­ton does not gen­er­ate enough waste, is the in­ten­tion to im­port the waste? Im­port­ing waste would have fi­nan­cial, health, en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­cio-eco­nomic con­se­quences for Welling­ton.

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