Updated: Nov 5, 2018
17th October 2018 BY: MARLENY ARNOLDI CREAMER MEDIA ONLINE WRITER
The informal waste economy in South Africa has been largely responsible for the high rates of post-consumer material recycling that have been achieved, GreenCape Sector Development Agency waste economy analyst Dr Kirsten Barnes noted during a presentation at WasteCon 2018, on Wednesday.
Her presentation dealt with the value and concerns of waste pickers operating in the informal waste sector in South Africa.
The agency is involved with various surveys and projects that aid in the development of effective waste management strategies in the Western Cape.
Barnes pointed out that a buyback centre survey conducted by the agency in Bellville in 2013, had found that waste pickers contribute significantly to recycling recoveries in the region, including around 40% of metal recovered, 90% of polyethylene terephthalate recovered and 80% of glass recovered from the post-consumer material stream.
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