oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Durban takes a new look at landfill site selection

Volume 7, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



An innovative process has been developed to reduce the conflict related to the siting of landfills In the past, the siting of waste disposal sites has been poorly co-ordinated. All too often, political or economic events have overtaken landfill site selection processes and they have had to be abandoned in spite of large outlays of time and resources. Inadequate attention has been paid to the overall land-use planning perspectives and to social and environmental justice issues. Procedural overlaps and anomalies have vexed developers, authorities and the public, causing delays, increased costs and stakeholder antagonism. Streamlining the landfill planning and site selection processes and initiating the public participation process very early provides a workable model to address the problems of the past and ensures low levels of conflict. Lombard & Associates, appointed by Durban Solid Waste (part of the Durban Metro Water Services) to manage the selection of new landfills in the Durban area, pioneered the participative 'windows' process now being applied in other exercises in South Africa.

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