New England landfill site hits three years without fires

New England landfill site hits three years without fires

It has been three years since any fire has broken out at Msunduzi's New England landfill site. 

PMB landfill fire
Burkhard Schlosser

Over the years, the site had become notorious for repeated infernos that burned for days, blanketing the city with thick smoke and causing health hazards.


The fires eventually saw the municipality being dragged to court by the SA Human Rights Commission, where it was found the City was in violation of several waste and environmental acts. 

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The site manager, Wilson Mhlongo, says they have achieved this through several strategic interventions.


"We ensure that when waste comes in, waste is weighed at the waste bridge. We also procured a front-end loader, an excavator, landfill compactor at R7.6 million.


"We removed waste packers on site and said, let us go and recycle waste as the source. Those are just the key strategic areas in terms of turning the situation around."

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