Windhoek residents urged to help curb illegal dumping
The deputy mayor of Windhoek, Gerson Kamatuka, officially launched the Kleine Kuppe Solid Waste Transfer Station on Friday, 27 April.
The new transfer station was constructed as an alternate site after the Olympia landfill site reached its full capacity.
Piet Du Pisani, strategic executive of Infrastructure, Water and Waste Management department at the City of Windhoek, explained that the new site was not only built because the Olympia landfill was approaching its capacity but also because the city had new knowledge of underground water sources which made it impossible to build another dump site at the same place.
Du Pisani emphasised that the new transfer site will not fill its capacity as it is merely a transfer station where residents can dump their refuse in the provided large rubbish bins from were the rubbish will be collected and taken to the Kupferberg dump site.
The transfer station was identified amongst four other sites in the city and was chosen as the best location site because of its close proximity to the residents of Kleine Kuppe. Du Pisani stated that the site has been interlocked to protect the underground water sources from oils exiting from cars when residents make use of the transfer site.
Speaking at the same occasion, the deputy mayor of Windhoek, Gerson Kamatuka applauded the residents of Windhoek for maintaining the city’s status of being one of the cleanest cities in Africa.
“This level of cleanliness has been achieved through cooperative efforts between various tiers of government through the support of political leaders and willingness by the residents to keep the City of Windhoek clean,” said Kamatuka.
With the increasing growth of the city, Kamatuka said that the city was faced with the challenge to provide services that correspond to the growing need and urged existing sites to be upgraded and new ones commissioned.
To date, the City of Windhoek has seven satelite landfill sites managed by the Solid Waste Management Division which caters for the disposal of garden refuse and building rubble.
“I therefore appeal for continued support from all residents in curbing illegal dumping in open spaces by making use of the waste management facilities provided to ultimately maintain a clean city,” the deputy mayor told the gathering.
The launch was also attended by pupils from the nearby Windhoek Gymnasium School who gave a performance on recycling, with the theme “Re-think, Re-use and Recycle”.