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Title: Towards Zero Waste in emerging countries - A South African experience

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to describe the optimisation of Waste Minimisation/Zero Waste strategies into an already established integrated waste management system and to present a Zero Waste model for post-consumer waste for urban communities in South Africa. The research was undertaken towards the fulfilment of the goals of the Polokwane Declaration on Waste Management , which has set as its target the reduction of waste generation and disposal by 50% and 25%, respectively, by 2012 and the development of a plan for Zero Waste by 2022. Two communities, adjacent to the Mariannhill Landfill site in Durban, were selected as a case study for a comparative analysis of formal and informal settlements. Since the waste generated from these two communities is disposed of at the Mariannhill landfill, the impact of Zero Waste on landfill volumes could be readily assessed. A Zero Waste scheme, based on costs and landfill airspace savings, was proposed for the area. The case study demonstrates that waste minimisation schemes can be introduced into urban areas, in emerging countries, with differing levels of service and that Zero Waste models are appropriate to urban areas in South Africa.

Authors:
 [1];  [2]
  1. CRECHE Centre for Research in Environmental, Coastal and Hydrological Engineering, School of Civil Engineering, Surveying and Construction, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban 4041 (South Africa), E-mail: troisc@ukzn.ac.za
  2. CRECHE Centre for Research in Environmental, Coastal and Hydrological Engineering, School of Civil Engineering, Surveying and Construction, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban 4041 (South Africa)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
21153980
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Waste Management
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 28; Journal Issue: 8; Other Information: DOI: 10.1016/j.wasman.2007.06.006; PII: S0956-053X(07)00191-2; Copyright (c) 2007 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); Journal ID: ISSN 0956-053X
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; COST; ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY; NONRADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT; NONRADIOACTIVE WASTES; OPTIMIZATION; SANITARY LANDFILLS; URBAN AREAS

Citation Formats

Matete, Ntlibi, and Trois, Cristina. Towards Zero Waste in emerging countries - A South African experience. United States: N. p., 2008. Web. doi:10.1016/j.wasman.2007.06.006.
Matete, Ntlibi, & Trois, Cristina. Towards Zero Waste in emerging countries - A South African experience. United States. doi:10.1016/j.wasman.2007.06.006.
Matete, Ntlibi, and Trois, Cristina. Tue . "Towards Zero Waste in emerging countries - A South African experience". United States. doi:10.1016/j.wasman.2007.06.006.
@article{osti_21153980,
title = {Towards Zero Waste in emerging countries - A South African experience},
author = {Matete, Ntlibi and Trois, Cristina},
abstractNote = {The aim of this paper is to describe the optimisation of Waste Minimisation/Zero Waste strategies into an already established integrated waste management system and to present a Zero Waste model for post-consumer waste for urban communities in South Africa. The research was undertaken towards the fulfilment of the goals of the Polokwane Declaration on Waste Management , which has set as its target the reduction of waste generation and disposal by 50% and 25%, respectively, by 2012 and the development of a plan for Zero Waste by 2022. Two communities, adjacent to the Mariannhill Landfill site in Durban, were selected as a case study for a comparative analysis of formal and informal settlements. Since the waste generated from these two communities is disposed of at the Mariannhill landfill, the impact of Zero Waste on landfill volumes could be readily assessed. A Zero Waste scheme, based on costs and landfill airspace savings, was proposed for the area. The case study demonstrates that waste minimisation schemes can be introduced into urban areas, in emerging countries, with differing levels of service and that Zero Waste models are appropriate to urban areas in South Africa.},
doi = {10.1016/j.wasman.2007.06.006},
journal = {Waste Management},
issn = {0956-053X},
number = 8,
volume = 28,
place = {United States},
year = {2008},
month = {7}
}