Informal waste recyclers to receive new three-wheelers on Sunday

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The Waste Recyclers Project, which will be launched in Tembisa on Sunday, is expected to create jobs, establish new enterprises and stimulate the local green economy.

The project will be rolled out in all five development corridors that make up Gauteng City Region, namely West Rand, Ekurhuleni, Johannesburg, Tshwane and Sedibeng.

The project is aimed at integrating informal recyclers through cooperatives into the mainstream waste economy, providing an income earning opportunity for large numbers of poor people within communities and pursuing alternatives for land filling through encouraging recycling and re-use.

“The project will also help to save municipalities money by reducing the volume of waste that needs to be collected, transported and disposed of through the promotion of recovery and reprocessing of recyclables,” the Gauteng Department of Economic Development, Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development said in a statement on Wednesday.

The department is expected to hand over 200 branded motorised three-wheeler vehicles to local waste co-operatives and small, medium and micro-sized enterprises (SMMEs). Two-hundred drivers and 200 assistants will be employed to operate these motorised three-wheelers.

“We will also be providing receptacles to 2 000 households for sorting at source and offering capacity building and skills transfer to these informal waste recyclers, so we can improve their potential to earn a sustainable income, as well as capture a larger portion of the waste economy value chain.

The project will also help to ensure the effective and efficient delivery of waste services within communities, grow the contribution of the waste economy to the green economy and increase community awareness of the impact of waste on their health, well-being and the environment.


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