Replace dumpsites with recycling plants: Ipinge

25 Jul 2017 12:20pm
OTJIWARONGO, 25 JUL (NAMPA) - Otjozondjupa Governor, Otto Ipinge wants to abolish dumpsites in the region and set up recycling plants.
He was speaking Tuesday at a one-day consultative meeting with experts in waste management and the recycling industry. Local authority councillors from Otjiwarongo, Otavi and Grootfontein were also present.
They discussed various matters including sorting and recycling waste, waste energy, waste as a product, recycling bins, sanitation, and reuse of waste for agricultural purposes and a green economy.
“I want to see an atmosphere where we can sit and eat lunch at a dumpsite without thinking it was a dumpsite at some point. Other towns in Holland have done it, we can do it here as well,” said Ipinge, while calling on the Development Bank of Namibia (DBN) to consider funding his region’s waste management activities.
He said a lot of money is being spent to manage the waste, yet other countries generate billions from dumpsites.
Solid waste processing plants fitted with the right technology can sort and convert the waste into reusable items and energy, which also creates employment opportunities and an income for the local authority.
Meanwhile, the Otjozondjupa Sustainable Waste Management Forum will on 01 August begin implementing actions to realise its dreams to develop a waste management framework that will guide waste activities at Okahandja, Okakarara, Otjiwarongo, Otavi and Grootfontein.
Ipinge launched the forum, which he leads as chairperson, on 09 March.