Capetonians will from this week have a new facility to drop off their recycling and other general waste, with the opening of the Kraaifontein Integrated Waste Management Facility in the northern suburbs of the city.
The new site has a public drop-off facility, a materials recovery facility, a refuse transfer station and a green waste chipping area.
Once this new facility is fully operational, it will process the waste from just under one million people, with the facility's refuse transfer station having a capacity of 960 tons each day.
The City of Cape Town will manage the facility, while a contractor will be appointed to operate the materials recovery facility.
Recyclable waste that is received will be sorted, separated, baled and then sold by this contractor. All general waste will be accepted, except hazardous or medical waste, sludge or large loads of builders' rubble. A household hazardous waste drop-off service is planned for rollout within the next year.
The development was designed to ease the waste load in the area, with the need for it being identified in 2004. Since then, a study and an Environmental Impact Assessment were conducted, and the chosen site was deemed suitable. This is the first fully integrated waste management facility in the city to be built as a greenfield site in Cape Town. It was designed from scratch, which means the facility will be able to operate optimally. Three production lines have been installed, with two operational at any given time and one on standby. Unforeseen breakdowns or routine servicing will therefore not affect operations.
The new facility has also provided employment for local residents during the construction phase, and up to 24 people will be employed at the site. About 120 additional jobs will be created once the materials recovery facility is fully operational. The facility is at the corner of Maroela and Sandringham Roads in Kraaifontein. From the Kraaifrontein East exit on the N1, turn right into Maroela Road. See map