MMC Sun commemorates World Recycling Day

The MMC for Environment and Infrastructure Services, Cllr Michael Sun commemorated World Recycling Day in Ivory Park, Midrand on Friday, 18 March 2022.
MMC Sun’s day started by sorting plastic and paper from other household refuse at his own home, which he and his family do every day.

The MMC was joined by local Ward Councillor, Cllr Thompson Maluleke, Pikitup Managing Director, Bukelwa Njingolo, Deputy Director-General of the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Mamogala Musekene, Maru Waste Management Company CEO, Joyline Josamu, and Ivory Park community members.

Also in attendance were representatives from the Department of Water Affairs, Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo, Petco (plastic recycling company), Phambili Waste Management Services, Rand Water, Old Mutual, Shoprite, Coca-Cola South Africa, and the University of Johannesburg.

According to the UN, the increasing volume and complexity of waste associated with the modern economy is posing a serious risk to ecosystems and human health. Every year, an estimated 11, 2 billion tonnes of solid waste is collected worldwide, releasing decay of the organic proportion of solid waste that contributes about 5% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Of all the waste streams, waste from electrical and electronic equipment containing new and complex hazardous substances presents the fastest-growing challenge in both developed and developing countries.

One of the solutions to this problem is the minimisation of waste. Where waste cannot be avoided, recovery of materials and energy from waste, as well as remanufacturing and recycling waste into usable products, should be implemented. Recycling leads to substantial savings in resources and job creation.
“Ivory Park can set an example to the rest of the City of Joburg by starting with small steps to keep the streets clean, and we can educate each other not to litter. We must not look down on recycling opportunities as there are huge value and financial rewards in this business. We need to extend these opportunities to Ivory Park and many other parts of the City,” said MMC Sun.

The MMC commended the efforts of Maru Recycling Company, which on this significant day launched a recycling site to assist local and global efforts to derive value from recyclable materials and preserve the earth’s natural resources.

The City of Joburg’s contribution to global recycling efforts can be seen in the various programmes undertaken and the huge amounts of waste that are diverted away from landfill sites (which have a lifespan of about five years) thanks to the efforts and contributions of the City’s waste pickers.
With recyclers at every intersection in the City, we mean business when it comes to reducing pollution, keeping the environment clean and extending the lifespan of the City’s landfills, said Cllr Sun.

The City will celebrate the start of National Water Week on Tuesday, 22 March 2022. The same principle of preservation applies to this valuable resource. A positive behavioural change by consumers will ensure the sustainability of accessible and safe human consumption of water in the future. This can be achieved through collaborating with residents of the City by actively participating in behaviours that help preserve water resources: not leaving taps running, preventing illegal connections to water infrastructure, and avoiding acts of tampering with water meters.

Flushing down non-degradable and other items in the toilet adds to the challenges of sewage system blockages that often result in sewer water streaming down the streets, posing a health hazard to residents.
“These actions often result in burst pipes, water leakages, sewage blockages, and the wastage of huge amounts of drinkable water. It costs the City millions of rand every year to replace and fix these damages, some of which take longer to repair, leaving residents and health facilities without water for long periods. We urge residents to take ownership of the City’s scarce resources and help preserve water,” Cllr Sun said.

Issued by:
Cllr Michael Sun
MMC Environment and Infrastructure Services Department
City of Joburg

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