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Re: Recycling Project in Skukuza... misleading window dressi

Unread postby wacktazz » Thu Dec 01, 2011 8:29 pm

Yes, and then there, is a group of very, very faithfull people who sorts out the rubbish. What many will not know, is that cans has been recycled for the past many, many years. There is a company that donated a truck to take said cans for recycling on a weekly basis.
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Re: Recycling Project in Skukuza... misleading window dressi

Unread postby MATTHYS » Thu Dec 01, 2011 8:39 pm

:clap: to those guys :thumbs_up:

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Re: Recycling Project in Skukuza... misleading window dressi

Unread postby bert » Thu Dec 01, 2011 8:46 pm

Thank you Wacktazz for the background info
So it is no window dressing after all :wink:

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Re: Recycling Project in Skukuza... misleading window dressi

Unread postby Dotty » Thu Dec 01, 2011 8:51 pm

If you could see the stacks waiting to be collected you would know it is definitely NOT window dreassing
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Re: Recycling Project in Skukuza... misleading window dressi

Unread postby Elsa » Thu Dec 01, 2011 10:04 pm

I don't think there was any doubt, well in mind anyway, that the rubbish gets sorted at the main dump, but the question asked, was if the recyclable refuse placed into the donated Nampac bins was kept separate from the regular rubbish in the camps as it seems, from several visitors observations that this is not being done and it is simply tossed/mixed in with the general camp refuse and then being sorted afterwards?
So in other words, does it matter if I place my tins/glass/paper etc into those special bins or just throw it into the bin in the bungalow if its going to be sorted out later anyway?
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Re: Recycling Project in Skukuza... misleading window dressi

Unread postby Dotty » Thu Dec 01, 2011 10:18 pm

It is a strange thing but recycling here in the UK differs from council area to council area So that one can recycle certain plastics and another cannot. i.e. some can do yoghurt pots ours can't, all paper, but not shredded paper.
So with international visitors maybe there is some confusion and things do get muddled together ? but I understand your point Elsa.
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Re: Recycling Project in Skukuza... misleading window dressi

Unread postby Stark » Thu Dec 01, 2011 10:30 pm

Colour me clueless, but there is a dump INSIDE Kruger?? :shock:

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Garbage separation in Kruger

Unread postby deckhand » Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:03 am

The Honorary Rangers have gone to great trouble to provide garbage bins at all camps in Kruger. Recent trips to Skukuza and Satara I noted that garbage collection done by Kruger staff carried no appreciation of the bins separating the rubbish into recyclable and non-recyclable rubbish. Both bin bags were put onto the same vehicle and carried no separation of type. Further, the bin handle and trap doors are extremely dirty and need to be cleaned. Is there any way we can educate the staff to understand the importance of garbage separation?

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Re: Garbage separation in Kruger

Unread postby MATTHYS » Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:15 am

Welcome to the forums, Deckhand :D

Please see Recycling Project in Skukuza... misleading window dressing? and Lesego's and Wacktazz's posts here
Lesego wrote:We only have one truck collecting all our refuse. The bags are collected sealed to the dumping site and this makes it easier for the guys there to separate the bags as the plastics/ refuse are already separated.
and here
wacktazz wrote:Yes, and then there, is a group of very, very faithfull people who sorts out the rubbish. What many will not know, is that cans has been recycled for the past many, many years. There is a company that donated a truck to take said cans for recycling on a weekly basis.
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Re: Garbage separation in Kruger

Unread postby ecojunkie » Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:23 am

I have had to take refuse bags from bush camp to the dump on several occasions and see the work being done there in separating out recyclables. The bins in the camp are not a fail-safe method, but do make the process at the dump a bit easier for the workers.
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Re: Garbage separation in Kruger

Unread postby deckhand » Sat Apr 13, 2013 2:23 pm

So what we are all saying in different words is that the Honorary Rangers project of funding and supplying fancy bins separating garbage is a fast to the public! Garbage separation takes place out at the dump site ? Correct?

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Re: Garbage separation in Kruger

Unread postby Imberbe » Sat Apr 13, 2013 10:41 pm

The bins is the first step in a much bigger project being implemented which will eventually lead to a total waste separation and recycle management system across the entire park. This will ensure the most effective waste management system possible. It will also create new jobs for the local community.

It is a process to implement this. It does not come cheap nor easy as the technology and infrastructure need to be provided. Transport is another challenge given the size of the park. But solid progress has already been made.

A big challenge is changing people's habits. This is perhaps the most difficult part of the project.

Correct use of the bins (by both staff and visitors) will be really helpful and ease the process. When the sorters open up a bag and it is already containing only recyclables, it eases the process considerably. But this is only the first step. There is a whole system behind it. They still need to sort the various recyclables from each other i.e. glass, plastic, paper.
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Re: Garbage separation in Kruger

Unread postby bert » Sun Apr 14, 2013 11:40 am

A very important first step :thumbs_up:

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Recycling bins

Unread postby allane » Tue Apr 16, 2013 8:54 pm

Hi All. After a number of trips and seeing the recycling bins being placed in most camps, I was very impressed.

Today at Pretoriouskop I watched the cleaner place the rubbish from both sides of the recycling bin, which we had diligently sorted according to the signs, into one big bag.

This leads me to ask the question. Why bother to seperate the rubbish for recycling when it all ends up in the same bag? Has anyone else seen this happen as well?

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Re: Recycling bins

Unread postby Hippotragus » Tue Apr 16, 2013 9:00 pm

I agree, it is a wonderful initiative - if it works.

Last year I stuck my head into several bins at camps and picnic sites. Only to find that the division between the two sides was non-existent and all the rubbish just went into one huge pile.

I have heard, however, that the rubbish is sorted once it reaches the dump.
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