First MRF plant for Erongo

Plant worth N$2 million

17 November 2019 | Environment

Assertha Marsh; Swakopmund councillor; “…it is of vital importance that we shift from hazardous activities to preventative methods.”

Swakopmund • [email protected]

The first material recovery facility (MRF) in the Erongo region was launched at Rent-a-Drum in Swakopmund on Friday.

The N$2 million plant is set to add an additional ten workers to the workforce, which already consists of 56 employees.

Speaking on behalf of Swakopmund mayor Paulina Nashilundo, councillor Assertha Marsh expressed her appreciation of the initiative, saying the MRF has many advantages, which include the recycling of materials, pollution prevention, extension of the lifespan of solid waste sites and the creation of employment for locals.

“In a world where we are continuously faced with challenges due to the effects of global warming, it is of vital importance that we shift from hazardous activities into preventative methods. The launch of this plant is indeed a realization as we strive for a living city status for the town of Swakopmund.”

She added that the private sector remains key and has thus far done a wonderful job of complementing government objectives.

“I wish to express my heartfelt appreciation and congratulations to Rent-a-Drum for this initiative, which doesn’t only help save the world but has contributed to the economic advancement of our town.”

Speaking at the same event, Rent-a-Drum CEO Gys Louw said that his company has made it a priority to regulate waste to the lowest amount.

“The company has a strong environmental focus and aims to reduce and control pollution to the absolute minimum.”

Rent-a-Drum entered into an agreement with the municipal council of Swakopmund in 2015 to invest in a recycling sorting plant, as well as to promote recycling and waste management in the coastal areas.

After extensive research and planning processes in 2013 and 2014 in cooperation with municipalities, consultants and both local and international academic partners, the Rent-a-Drum recycling plant was opened on 4 September 2015. Since then, the plant recycles an average of 160 tons per month, with Swakopmund households contributing an average of 60 tons per month.

The building was built large enough to install the first MRF plant for the Erongo region. This is the second MRF plant in Namibia, after the first one was opened in Windhoek in 2010.

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