Both Rand West City landfill sites ‘not up to standard’

The Randfontein landfill site. Photo submitted.

“Two landfill sites in the Rand West City Local Municipality (RWCLM) are not not up to standard,” said AfriForum.

According to Dewet Ungerer, AfriForum’s District Coordinator for the Vaal Triangle and West Rand, the dumping site in Randfontein achieved a percentage of 26 (down from 33 per cent in 2017) while the dumping site in Libanon, Westonaria achieved only 9 per cent (down from 47 per cent in 2017).

The Westonaria landfill site. Photo submitted.

He said a landfill site must achieve 80 per cent to pass AfriForum’s audit.

“We audited landfill sites in the Vaal Triangle and West Rand this month as part of the civil rights organisation’s annual landfill site audit campaign during which landfill sites in towns where AfriForum has established branches are audited based on 33 questions. Urgent changes will have to be implemented in certain municipalities to ensure that landfill sites adhere to legislation,” Ungerer said.

He added that according to applicable legislation and regulations, among which is the National Environmental Management: Waste Act 59 of 2008, a landfill site must adhere to set requirements for access control and regulations on illegal dumping, fencing and rehabilitation, as well as fire regulations.

The Westonaria landfill site. Photo submitted.

“Those landfill sites that achieved less than 80 per cent should be brought up to standard and municipalities should start taking responsibility for waste management. Poorly managed landfill sites have a negative impact on the environment as well as the community.

“It is also the community’s responsibility to place increased pressure on municipalities if landfill sites do not adhere to legislation. AfriForum will continuously monitor the process to ensure that the landfill sites that fell short are brought up to standard.”

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