The Mercury

Waste backlogs hit rural areas

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Rural areas and informal settlement­s are faced with the biggest waste collection backlogs in the country, according to a report by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. Briefing media in Pretoria on waste management systems yesterday, senior researcher Suzan Oelofse flagged poor road access and infrastruc­ture as obstacles for municipali­ties in providing a sustainabl­e waste collection service. She said: “In certain areas road infrastruc­ture is limited and collection vehicles cannot reach all the households.” Another obstacle was the long distances required to travel to service rural areas and this had led to rampant illegal dumping. – Sapa

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