Creative Soul Sustainable Waste

According to the Department of Statistics in South Africa, 49.2% of the population over the age of 18 falls below the upper-bound poverty line. The South African government measures poverty by three threshold points. The upper-bound poverty line (UBPL) indicates an income of 1,183 Rand ($70.90) per month. On the other hand, the lower-bound and food poverty lines indicate incomes of 785 Rand ($47.04) and 547 Rand ($32.78) respectively, a mere $1,90 per day.

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated many of the underlying issues surrounding poverty in the country. It has significantly increased unemployment resulting in increased hunger and food insecurity. The unemployment rate for 2020 was 31%, and 2021 is at 34%.

According to the second draft of the State of Waste Report (SoWR) issued by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) in 2018, South Africans generate roughly 54,2 million tons of general (municipal, commercial, and industrial) waste per year. Of these 54,2 million tons, a maximum of only 10% is recycled or recovered for other uses, whilst the remaining 90% is landfilled or dumped. Metropolitan municipalities in Gauteng have not licensed a single new landfill facility for 24 years, as it was proposed that 70% of the municipal waste streams generated could be feasibly recovered.

Though, the few remaining operational landfill sites are filling up and approaching closure at a rapid and increasing rate, without future options for new landfills or implementing viable alternative waste disposal or recovery solutions. South Africa needs a more sustainable waste management network nevertheless, the current solution has allowed waste pickers or reclaimers to generate an informal income.

Waste pickers or reclaimers are individuals engaged in collecting recyclable materials from urban refuse at source, landfill sites and elsewhere, which they sell to earn an income and support their families. CS overall goal is to implement a sustainable low to no waste management solution across South Africa that decreases our environmental impact, supports the informal waste sector, builds integrated communities, and ultimately provides electricity.

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