Waste management a big challenge

Community News

Since the population of Kuruman town has doubled, it has become a challenge for infrastructure to meet with demand and as a result, health standards are diminishing at an alarming pace.
The domestic waste has taken charge of some of the splendid portions of the town causing some commotions in the political fronts in an attempt to scare away transmissible diseases. While the municipality authorities are resolute to keep the town disease-free, the situation drives it to a certain limit where its am-munition in the fight deems it futile and therefore gullible.
On Sundays, especially during month end, there are no dustbins in either the town or at a landfill site where any form of garbage can be disposed of. The existing dustbins are filled to the brim and end up spilling litter at will, and the blowing wind only exacerbates the littering process.
Tourists and visitors frequent cities and towns during weekends to relax and scan the town for prospective investment opportunities. Guest houses always re-flect an immaculate appeal, but the streets too ought to give a share of their attractiveness to lure direct local and fo-reign investment. The appetising aroma produced by a nearby bakery and re-staurants ought not be overwhelmed by the pungent smell coming from a full dustbin on the street corner.
The land-fill site too has its own pros and cons derived from the street vaga-ries mentioned above. Weekend eve-nings and nights distort the real image of waste management at the site.
Both domestic and hazardous waste enjoy a good contest because there are no controls. Lack of security personnel to monitor and screen the type of waste to be disposed at the site has created a no man's land where everyone has autho-rity. Industrial, medical and mining wastes exchange warm greetings with one another, without any form of restrict-ion from authorities. Like a protected animal species, the landfill site needs to be secured with effective high masts.
Every Monday is a sad day for the team working at the land site as litter of any form is scattered many metres before reaching the site itself. It takes two days to redress the damage caused over the weekend. Scavengers and recyclers too have contributed significantly to the ugly sight of the place.
Compacting of the waste needs suffi-cient sand to cover, but is a rare commo-dity in the proximity and also the requisite machinery to reduce the amount of mi-sery experienced in meeting the needs of waste management site.