How often do you think about where your trash goes?
For the hundred or so people living and working on the Makana landfill site, the answer is every day. Amidst piles of discarded hairpieces, unopened packs of condoms, plastic and hazardous electronic waste, the waste pickers are attempting to establish healthy and sustainable waste management solutions.
Besides recycling waste significantly contributing to lowering carbon emissions and reducing the number of new materials being manufactured, recycling is an industry that can change the livelihoods of waste pickers and people living on the landfill site.
Waste Pickers in Grahamstown are resourceful and innovative. Living under these harsh conditions has driven the movement to transform the Makana landfill, (preferably) with but even without support from the municipality and the formal sector of the town.