Media Release: Skukuza gets stainless steel dustbins
The Kruger National Park’s (KNP's) Managing Executive, Abe Sibiya received a donation of 150 baboon-proof stainless steel dustbins from Nampak as represented by SANParks Honorary Rangers on Friday, September 3, 2010.
These baboon-proof stainless steel dustbins that were received today are an improvement on the 182 plastic bins which were donated in 2006 by the same company through the Johannesburg branch of Honorary Rangers. Compared to the previous dustbins, the current stainless steel dustbins are not only baboon-proof but child and elderly people friendly as compared to the previous ones which were heavy for children and elderly people. The new dustbins also encourage separation of rubbish at source which is the best practice in the recycling industry today. In other words the current dustbins have two components, one for recyclable material and the other component for non-recyclable material and they are indicated as such.
In his acceptance speech, Sibiya said that the project is a major part of the waste system management service in the park which seeks to control paper, plastic, glass, metal and cardboard wastage for recycling purpose which is the park’s contribution towards sound environmental management. “I am confident that the stainless steel dustbins that we are going to officially receive today will go a long way in assisting us to manage our waste in the park which is also going to provide a learning opportunity for the rest of the national parks in the country under SANParks”, continued Sibiya.
“The bins that have been installed are the first trial product of this new concept; the requirement of animal proof but human friendly was particularly difficult as we all know that animals are significantly smarter than most humans would give them credit for”, said Janssen Davies who is the Chairperson of SANParks Honorary Rangers’ National Executive Committee. “The benefits of an effective waste collection and recycling system are significant, particularly in the areas of resource conservation, carbon and water savings, landfill preservation and job creation”, concluded Davies.
The Honorary Rangers, who have branches throughout the country, raised these 150 recycling stainless steel bins which are meant to last longer and cost Nampak R 700 000. Nampak’s Executive Director, Fezile Tshiqi said that if there is still a need for more bins, Nampak will continue funding the initiative as they are a company which does not just give money but wants to get involved in the project.
Laura Mukwevho, Internal Communication Practitioner, Kruger National Park. Contact: Tel: (013) 735 4262 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
William Mabasa, HOD: Public Relations and Communication, Kruger National Park. Contact: Tel: (013) 735 4363, cell: 082 807 3919 or email: email@example.com