Waste Management


Executive Mayor Ald. Nkosindiphile Xhakaza this morning officially re-opened the Rietfontein landfill site in KwaThema, Springs.

Following a yearlong closure of the facility due to operational issues, the re-opening of the Rietfontein landfill site is set to ease the pressure of disposing waste amongst the now three fully functional landfill sites. The others are Platkop and Simmer and Jack landfill sites.

Re-opening the facility, Executive Mayor Xhakaza said: “Now that all the operational issues have been resolved, and the community of KwaThema is on board, the re-opening of this site signals a new chapter of effective operations in waste management services in the city, and it prompts the need for government to offer unwavering support to the department to also provide job opportunities to locals”.

Ald Xhakaza further made a commitment to ensure that all landfill sites are across the city are at the standard level of environmental compliance.

“Days of waste being a problem for the people of KwaThema will be a thing of the past now. This site will now be a source of livelihood especially for those who are in the business of waste reclaiming,” the first citizen emphasised.

The Rietfontein landfill site is a GLB+ facility, meaning it is the only site that receives general waste and the only site that takes certain liquid waste for treatment and disposal. It takes 20 000 tons of waste per month which is equivalent to 2000 trucks disposing 10 tons per load.