n Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - East London Regional (Roundhill) waste disposal site - wasting not ime on the road to compliance : urban and rural engineering

Volume 23, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



The Roundhill Landfill Site near Berlin in the Eastern Cape, within the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality, has been in operation since February 2006. The site is classified and permitted as a G:L:B+ site, based on the previous landfill classification system, and currently accepts approximately 600 tonnes per day of general waste, and restricted volumes of treated health care risk waste (excluding pathological waste of human origin) from East London, Mdantsane Township and the surrounding areas. In recent years the site has experienced global operational challenges resulting in increased health and safety risks on the site, and an increase in the adverse effects to the surrounding environment. As the operational challenges grew greater, the site progressed to a state of non-compliance with the landfill permit and the prevailing environmental legislation. It was at this stage that Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality, the permit holder of the site, acknowledged the need for specialist consulting services. Envitech Solutions (Pty) Ltd were appointed by Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality, through their applicable procurement processes, to compile a turn-around strategy and an implementation plan, which would be in line with and promote compliance with the landfill permit requirements of the Roundhill Landfill Site, and which would promote compliance with the prevailing environmental legislation. Figures 1-6 detail the site, and illustrate the previous major challenges and the state of non-compliances on the site, as may be experienced typically locally and internationally. In order to meet the objectives of the turn-around strategy (which include a financial forecast, as well as an implementation plan with key deliverables and milestones for the proposed turn-around strategy) a status quo assessment and compliance assessment of the Roundhill Landfill Site was initially conducted. The initial status quo assessment and compliance assessment included, but was not limited to, an assessment of the day to- day operations on the site, the current environmental monitoring, on-site record keeping, existing infrastructure, water management systems, leachate management systems, available plant on site and current staff resources. The objective of the status quo assessment and compliance assessment was to determine the level of compliance with the applicable Roundhill Landfill Site permit issued by the then Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, and the Minimum Requirements for Waste Disposal by Landfill, Second Edition 1998, applicable to waste management facilities in South Africa.

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