Draft 3rd Generation Integrated Waste Management Plan Review 2020/21
The third version of the Integrated Waste Management Plan (IWMP) has been formulated by Chand Environmental Consultants cc (Chand) on behalf of Cape Agulhas Municipality to address the challenge of waste management in Cape Agulhas, home to 33,038 people. The IWMP is a statutory requirement of the National Environmental Management: Waste Act, 2008 (NEM:WA, Act No. 59 of 2008) that has been promulgated and came into effect on 1 July 2009 and that has as its goal the transformation of the current methodology of waste management, i.e. collection and disposal, to a sustainable practice focusing on waste avoidance and environmental sustainability. Implementation of this IWMP will be through municipal by-laws and in accordance with an implementation schedule. The purpose of the 2020 revision of the 3rd Generation IWMP, is to update the IWMP with the changing environment and keeping the working document current.
The primary objective of integrated waste management (IWM) planning is to integrate and optimise waste management, in order to maximise efficiency and minimise the associated environmental impacts and financial costs, and to improve the quality of life of all residents within Cape Agulhas Municipality.
The Plan takes particular note of importance of local authority waste management planning. This document underlines the following principles of the National Waste Management Strategy:
The Plan will address all areas of waste management – from waste prevention and minimisation (waste avoidance), to its collection, storage, transport, treatment, recovery and final disposal. It will not only address the practicalities of waste management, but also the issues of public education and changing concepts, as these are vital to a successful management system.