9 November 2012

Namibia: Waste Disposal System Launched

Windhoek — The Minister of European Affairs and Foreign Trade of Finland, Alexander Stubb, and the Deputy Environment and Tourism Minister, Uahekua Herunga, yesterday launched the Molok Deep Collection System.

The Molok Deep Collection System is an innovative waste management system that offers a clean, effective and efficient collection point for a variety of waste. More compact and hygienic than conventional methods and virtually odour free, the revolutionary system offers unrivalled advantages, particularly where space is limited. The launch of the system, regarded as another environmental and hygienic innovation in Namibia, provides opportunities to achieve the objectives of Vision 2030 and make good progress towards meeting the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of environmental sustainability.

"Namibia cannot, therefore, afford to lose its environmental credits through littering and irresponsible behaviour of throw-away habits. Let us all be stewards of our environment," Herunga said at the launch.

He said other Namibian towns should replicate the clean reputation of the City of Windhoek, adding that generally waste is dumped and poorly managed at many dumpsites in the country, where it posts a health threat to scavengers, including humans.

"I believe the establishment of the Molok Deep Collection System will assist us to achieve our objective for a totally clean Namibia by 2030," said the deputy minister.

The Minister of European Affairs and Foreign Trade of Finland, Alexander Stubb, hopes the partnership with Namibia will deepen as it matures and open many more business partnerships between the two countries. The partnership with Finland started a few a years back with a research on waste management systems in Namibia.

"Growing waste volume is one of the major challenges that our societies face and an increasing burden on the environment and contributing factor to climate change," Stubb said.

Rent-A-Drum was identified as a potential waste management partner in Namibia for the Finnish waste industry company Molok to invest in and to introduce one of the best waste management systems in Africa.

According to Gys Louw, owner of Rent-A-Drum, the Molok Domino products will be manufactured locally by Rent-A-Drum, a process which has already started.

Louw said the manufacturing of the system and the erection of the material recovery facilities will create about 250 jobs.

"The Molok Deep Collection System and recycling initiative in Namibia will bring a huge price benefit and will be cost effective to all businesses and individuals and also show our commitment to the environment," said Louw.

The system has already been piloted at the Onandjokwe Hospital, Ondangwa Town Council and at the Municipality of Walvis Bay.

The Managing Director of Molok, Hannu Jokinen, said the system is perfect for Namibia, noting the large vertical, partly underground capacity container.

"The Molok container is partly underground, which uses automatically the coolness of the ground, keeping the bacterial activity very low in the container," Jokinen explained. The container is filled from the top and emptied from the bottom, meaning that the waste container is hygienic and odour free.

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