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Waste: Problem or Opportunity? A research on the possibilities of sustainable waste management in BRWM

Daan Grooten Lobke Jansen Anouk Veldhuizen

Faroen Habieb Patrick Keverling Buisman

Ashton, December 17th 2008

Content 


Research set up

Stakeholders analysis

Waste sample

Quality and quantity improvements

Financial consequences



Introduction (1) 

Ashton landfill site reaches its capacity limits

Polokwane Declaration 2001

Minimizing the waste stream

Introduction (2) ď Ž

Current situation

Introduction (3) ď Ž

Desired situation

Research set-up (1) 

Problem statement “To what extent does or can the Material Recovery Facility contribute to the improvement of People, Planet and Profit and what are the consequences?”

Research set-up (2) 

Research questions 

Which stakeholders are currently involved in the waste collection process? What is the weight and composition of the different waste streams found in the domestic and business waste per week? How is it possible to gain as much recyclable waste out of the domestic waste? What are the financial consequences of a recycle system?

Stakeholders analysis (1) 

Producers of waste

Collectors of waste

Buyers of recyclable waste

Stakeholders analysis (2) 

Conclusions 

Brokers are middlemen

Recycling company Cape Town provided good terms

Different recycling companies per type of waste

Transport free of cost for full load

Waste sample (1) ď Ž

1 ton of waste as a sample

ď Ž

Difference between low, high and commercial areas

Waste sample (2)

Waste sample (3) 

Conclusions 

Average of 47% recyclable

Quality of recyclables low

Quality and quantity improvements (1) ď Ž

Dirty MRF

Quality and quantity improvements (2) ď Ž

Clean MRF

Quality and quantity improvements (3) 

Dirty vs Clean MRF 

Clean MRF extracts more recyclables

Minimizes waste stream more effective

Relies on separation at source

Quality and quantity improvements (4) 

Collection systems for separation at source 

High income areas; two bag system

Low income areas; buy-back centre

Commercial areas; two container system

Financial consequences (1) 

Activity Based Costing a necessity

Financial benefits of sold recyclables

Cooperation with recycling companies


Non financial consequences 

Community benefits 

Job creation

Landfill savings

Cleaner environment

Recommendations 

Clean MRF

Implementation of separation at source

Cooperation with recycle companies

Activity Based Costing


Important to start executing now!

Finally, we would like to thank you!

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A research on the possibilities of sustainable waste management in BRWM Daan Grooten Faroen Habieb Lobke Jansen Patrick Keverling Buisman An...