Dumping, recycling at designated Ekurhuleni landfill sites helps the planet

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Benoni City Times

The Ekurhuleni metro urges residents to make use of its many landfill sites to responsibly dispose of building rubble and refuse and for recycling.

Ekurhuleni landfill sites for waste disposal and recycling:

* Weltevreden, next to Main Reef Road (Route M45) on the border between Benoni and Brakpan. Access to and from the site is from Main Reef Road. * Platkop, on the N3, about 15km south of Alberton on the Nigel/Lenasia (R550) offramp from the N3. * Rietfontein, Tonk Meter Way, Springs.? Rooikraal, Vosloorus, at the T-junction of Rondebult and Barry Marais roads. * Simmer and Jack (classified as a GLB-site).

Cost of disposing of building rubble:

* For the general public there is no cost involved to dispose of up to 1 000kg (1 ton), limited to once a week. * Disposal of non-hazardous industrial dry waste by the general public in excess of 1 000kg will be charged per kg at R300.92 (excl VAT). * A skip can also be ordered from the waste depot in the area in which it is needed. * Application must be completed at the relevant depot and you will need a copy of your services account so the City can levy the charge of the bulk container on the utilities account. * The cost of a 6m3 bulk container is R1 221.15 (excl. VAT) per lift (for every time the bin is emptied).

Residents are advised to do the following when visiting a site:

* Enter only at authorised access points. * Provide site officials with information on what you want to dump. * Follow instructions and directions on where to dump at the site. * Sites are open seven days a week, except on Christmas day, from 7am to 6pm (April to September) and 7am to 7pm (October to March).

Metro spokesperson Themba Gadebe said when a structure is demolished, the building rubble has to go somewhere – and often this means overloading landfill sites with products that do not break down.

“Worldwide, over seven billion tons of aggregates are extracted from the earth each year for the purpose of concrete production, draining the earth’s resources and contributing to water and air pollution,” said Gadebe.”When rubble is recycled it can have a positive effect on our natural resources. Unfortunately, 75 per cent of clean waste from construction sites, such as concrete, timber and bricks, is sent directly to the landfill.”

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