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SALGA hosts an information sharing session on waste management

Posted: 11 April 2017


SALGA has recently conducted a knowledge sharing session for municipalities around waste management issues at the SALGA National Office, Pretoria.

The session was aimed at sharing the knowledge and lessons on waste management good practices and current developments in the sector and was attended by representatives from the Department of Environmental Affairs, Department of Public Works; City of Johannesburg, Pikitup, Tshwane, Ekurhuleni, Polokwane, Capricorn District, Midvaal, Steve Tshwete and Thulamela Local Municipality.

The Department of Environmental Affairs made a presentation on the implications of the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) on municipalities. It was indicated that the EPR system will have to recognize the constitutional mandate of municipalities with the regard to waste management

SALGA has indicated that a discussion document which is indicating the role of municipalities in the EPR system is being developed and once it has gone through the governance structures, it will be submitted to the Department of Environmental Affairs, for consideration. Municipalities which were in attendance made their initial inputs towards the development of the discussion document.

Central to the discussion was the promotion of waste minimization and recycling; and the use of cooperatives as well SMMEs. The City of Johannesburg- through Pikitup made a presentation on their experience of using cooperatives to conduct waste separation at source.

It was indicated that there are cooperatives that are doing well, however, most of them are struggling and they heavily relies on the support given by the City. Municipalities were advised to exercise caution when selecting people who forms cooperatives. These must be people who have interest on waste management issues. Furthermore, there is a need constantly offer mentoring to the cooperatives by the skilled stakeholders in the sector in order to ensure they are self-sustainable.

Going forward, SALGA in collaboration with DEA will be meeting with the industry players to ascertain their views regarding the EPR systems and possible collaboration with municipalities, where necessary.

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