The Namibian (Windhoek)

31 January 2013

Namibia: Walvis Bay Goes Clean With 'Molok'

THE municipality of Walvis Bay is setting the pace for cleaner, greener rubbish removal with the introduction of the new 'Molok' collection system.

The system was commissioned at the town's Esplanade municipal rest camp yesterday, while three other systems were placed at strategic venues around the town.

One Molok has the capacity of about 30 wheelie-bins and will soon replace the conventional skips. According to the town's environment and health manager, David Uushona, 15 more of these systems will be placed around town by the end of February. Each system costs about N$20 000, but it is said to be a "much cleaner, greener, more efficient, odour-free" system than any of the current alternatives.

Rubbish is thrown into a canvas bag that fits into a three-metre-deep pit. A mechanical arm fitted to a rubbish lorry lifts the filled bag out of the pit and deposits the rubbish into the loaded.

Walvis Bay, Windhoek and Ongwediva were chosen to test the Molok system at the 2011 congress of the Association of Local Authorities in Namibia.

The system originated in Finland, and Rent-A-Drum Namibia has become the local agent.

"It is not a secret that our city has received praises on its cleanliness and its eloquent layout. The commissioning of the deep collection system will be addition to the heaps of praises our city receives from tourists and other visitors," said Walvis Bay Mayor Uilika Nambahu.

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