The Saldanha Bay Municipality’s separation-at-source residential recycling project has won the Silver Award in the Municipal Category at the recent Eco-Logic National Environmental Awards.

Saldanha Bay beat all other municipal entries in this category, except the City of Tshwane who won the Gold Award.

“This award is not only the achievement of the waste management department, the recycling collection and awareness contractors and the councillors who are supporting it, but in particular the residents who have given their own time and effort to participate,” said Abubaker Nackerdien, Acting Manager: Solid Waste who accepted the award on behalf of the municipality.

The programme started in Langebaan in 2016 and has been running in Vredenburg, Paternoster, Hopefield and Jacobsbaai since September 2017. Saldanha and St Helena Bay are to follow.

Over a thousand tons of recyclable household waste materials have been collected so far and diverted away from landfill back into manufacturing. The project lengthens the life of the landfill site, saving costs in future. It has also created 46 employment opportunities within the local community.

More information on the project can be found by contacting GreenEdge, public education and behaviour change consultants on the project at www.greenedge.co.za