eThekwini’s R27 million project for new landfill site causes concern

eThekwini’s R27 million project for new landfill site causes concern

The eThekwini Municipality has given Durban Solid Waste (DSW) permission to go ahead and establish a new landfill site to the west of the Municipality. However, there is concern that residents near the location will be exposed to even more pollution.

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Durban Solid Waste (DSW) has been given the go-ahead by the eThekwini Municipality to establish a new landfill site.

The South African reports that permission was given during a council meeting on Saturday, 29 June.

Roughly 550 000 hectares were set aside for DSW, who will now go ahead with the first phase of their land expropriation project, as per the report.

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DSW will apparently get the land from the Tongaat Hulett production company and have paid R27.6 million to secure the site, which is located in Shongweni.

However, gathered that the DA’s Environmental Planning & Climate Protection Spokesperson, Marlaine Nair, has expressed concern over the project.

She's worried about the pollution that residents near the planned landfill site will get exposed to.

There is a river near the site, and the water supply and plant life could be contaminated.

"It is believed that the decision to expropriate the land is a result of a looming waste crisis, with the Mariannhill landfill site approaching premature closure this year and the city’s Buffelsdraai and Lovu Landfill site being placed under strain."

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Nair said residents are already affected by pollution from the Enviroserve landfill site.

"Our concern is that the residents in Shongweni and surrounding areas have for a long time been complaining about the pollution emitted from the Enviroserve landfill site. The addition of a second one nearby would be disastrous for those battling with health issues as a result of the pollution."

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