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Recycling in Kenton-are we making progress?
Anthony Bayley

Kenton and district residents should have no difficulty in seeing the build-up of waste materials in our environment.

Look in any street at paper and plastics in the hedgerows. It is abundant along beach access paths and to a lesser extent on the beaches.

Uncontrolled builder’s rubble and waste packaging can be found everywhere.

The main dumpsite for all waste, including discarded vegetation, garden materials and rubble, as well as garbage is behind the Bushmansriver Commercial Estate.

This site is operated by Ndlambe Municipality and is effectively out of control with plastics and paper freely flowing across the countryside. Criminal negligence.
Ndlambe are considering leasing more land.

Progress towards any system of collecting, sorting and removing re-cyclable materials has met with roadblocks and a nearly total lack of communication from the Ndlambe authority.

The heading ‘RECYCLING’ appears on every meeting agenda. Talk produces no lasting action. It has looked like indifference.

We did agree to the removal of the collection skips at the town entrance.

The glass bottle collection skip in the lower town car park then slipped into becoming a secondary garbage site, which Ndambe Municipality has now controlled a little better, for glass bottles only.

For the past two and half years two members of your KOSRA council have been working at environmental waste.
For twenty two months one person specifically, has worked on ideas and plans for management, in support of Ndlambe, concerning the re-cyclable waste in our town and the local areas. There have been hundreds of emails, phone calls and many meetings

HERE ARE THE TIMELINES

August 2011
Ndlambe engages with a private contractor to sort and process waste in P. Alfred, and later Kenton.
The contractor fails to communicate and is rarely contactable, not returning calls.

January 2012
Nothing has happened for this process to begin in our area

March 2012
The contractor gets Ndlambe to agree to a two bag collection process, clear bags for recyclables/black bags for garbage.
KOSRA puts up publicity through the Kenton Website and with posters around town and ensures availability of clear bags.

April 2012
It is becoming apparent that the contractor has a different agenda and is looking for plastics only to support another project.
KOSRA finds that clear and black bags are being treated the same. . . . . . . . all as garbage.
There is no Ndlambe Municipal initiated sorting process at the dumpsite for Kenton waste.

July 2012
Ndlambe commissions a new Compactor Vehicle. BUT not realising that compacted materials for recycling cannot physically be sorted and processed.
Skips in place in the town for glass bottles are now also being used for garbage by mainly local business. . . . .
The skips do not belong to Ndlambe. The unhappy owner proposes to withdraw them.

November 2012
These skips now being managed better by Ndlambe and kept tidy.

April 2013
Ndlambe’s contractor eventually meets with us to propose a (half-baked) system of collections that clearly will not work. KOSRA fears the ratepayers/residents will be let down again

July 2013
KOSRA council decides and agrees we must pursue privately, the commercial handling of recyclable materials, even though it is the Municipalities responsibility.

So we have talked to and are developing plans with a well-established company based in PE and East London, who are doing work like this throughout the Eastern Cape.

August to Present time

KOSRA is building this relationship and based on the long history of failures with Ndlambe are hoping to manage our recoverable waste privately.

We have communicated this to Ndlambe in face to face meetings. They may make their own assessment.
The plan is to clean up Kenton with neighbouring townships and villages, realising the value in every scrap of paper, plastic and tin. Whilst there will be full time work for a small number of people, many in the population can benefit from bringing suitable waste to a buyback centre. There will be education and publicity. KOSRA expects the roll on effect will be to remove the pressure from the Dumpsite, since more than 50% of the community’s waste will never get there. So instead of the dumpsite getting bigger, it will shrink in size.

Watch this space