The Bitou Integrated Waste Department launched an initiative to encourage communities to turn illegal dumpsites into food gardens. This session took place in Kwanokuthula on Friday the 16th October 2020. This was done in conjunction with the Department of Environmental Affairs and other local stakeholders within the waste management sector.
Mrs. Fundiswa Diko –Mbanjwa, Bitou Waste Control Officer, and Mr. Douglas Baartman, Manager Integrated Waste Management, initiated the project. It is very encouraging to see young people committed to ensure that their community
Ms. Khumbulani Madyibi, Youth Community Outreach Officer, from DEA and Mr. Mthobeli Section Galeni, Educational Officer in the Bitou Waste Management Department, worked very hard to make sure that the event was a success.
Speakers at the event all spoke about the need to take drastic actions against these illegal dumping sites.
Turning illegal dumping sites into community gardens can have positive spin offs to the members of the community. Food scarcity is a major challenge globally, and Bitou is not immune to this phenomenon. Therefore, initiatives that encourages communities to grow their own food needs to be encouraged and supported.
Converting these illegal dumping sites into food gardens will create much needed food to feed members of our communities that often has to go to bed on an empty stomach. This can be a sustainable solution to some of the food challenges experienced in our community.
The campaign against illegal dumping sites goes hand in hand with the recycling of waste and communities are encouraged to recycle more.
The Bitou Municipality have approved a Waste Minimization Project that includes recycling. This will have huge socio economic benefits for the people of Plettenberg Bay.
“The vision is to provide an integrated waste management function that will create cleaner communities where recycling is promoted. However, this vision can only be realized if all residents and visitors to this town are committed and work in unity towards achieving it”, said Mr. Douglas Baartman.
Issued by the Bitou Communications Department
27 October 2020 at 10h33