98 million tonnes of waste is deposited across South Africa's 826 landfill sites yearly
South Africa is “ranked 11th in the world in terms of mismanagement of plastic waste”
93 out of 164 landfills in the Western Cape have reached their natural lifespan in 2018
No new permits for landfills have been granted in two decades
Environmental affairs department says landfills in SA’s big cities will be full in 5 years
SA uses 1.8-million tonnes of plastic yearly with roughly 630 000 tonnes dumped illegally
SA produces 54-million tonnes of general waste with under 40% of this being recycled, mostly in plastic and glass recycling done by private companies.
Of the 67-million tonnes of hazardous waste (mostly made up of ash from Eskom’s coal-fired power plants), only 6% is recycled.
Landfill sites are projected to be full before 2025, diverting waste away from them has become a priority for metros
Research has found that nearly half of the more than 1 300 waste dumps in the country are not licensed and only one in three was more than 50% compliant with the law.
Non compliance problems include, not sorting waste properly, so everything goes to landfills, and not lining landfill sites properly, so polluted water leaks into groundwater.