The municipality is currently involved in retrofitting the municipal buildings to comply in terms of energy efficiency.
Various buildings air conditioners are energy saving-inverters and fitted with timers
Main Building (Civic Centre) Lights and Air conditioners are connected to one accessible switch and are switched off daily at knock off.
LED lights are currently being fitted to various municipal building.
Leased municipal buildings are fitted with solar geysers.
Various buildings are fitted with heat pumps.
Various boardrooms and office ablutions are fitted with motion (detector) sensor, for lights.
Electrical and Air conditioning repairs and maintenance specialists are on call 24 hours daily.
The operation of Mhluzi buy back centre is done by Silver Ink Company. More companies coming on board to assist with recycling e.g. Consol and Black Wattle mine sponsored the centre. Marketing of the Buyback centre is done. Group is provided with PPE. The tender for office waste recycling was not awarded due to none responsive bids. Office recycling bins purchased and they are placed at main offices and library and are serviced by buyback centre group. Emails are distributed to all users to encourage them to print less and save paper. Offices are provided with bins for paper recycling. Recycling is done according to the Departmental plan.
The Municipality is currently assisting upcoming recyclers to establish themselves by providing land/sites, e.g sublimore recycling.
Quantities of waste reclaimed:
618 Tones reclaimed at the Buy-back centre from April 2014 to September 2014.
1659 Tones reclaimed at the landfill site from April 2014 to September 2014.
47924 Waste quantities received at Landfill site from April 2014 to September 2014.
School recycling programme was launched in 04 August 2014 in conjunction with the buyback centre, Department of Education and Coca Cola Shanduka, PETCO. Media coverage Observer and Herald about the Steve Tshwete Coca Cola Shanduka school recycling competition project (Participants: Mthombeni, Mvuzo and Mhluzi Primary). Buy back centre employees collect recyclables from the schools. First prize R18 000, second Prize R13 000 third R8 000. Evaluation done weekly and final evaluation done on 02 October 2014. Award ceremony will be held on 17 October 2014.
Middelburg primary school is registered as an EcoSchool and has a recycling project
Trees were planted in Kwaza, Mhluzi, Pullenshope and the cemeteries as projects. All new developments like parks, Middelburg mall, entrance, Bounquet hall, open areas, sidewalks and council buildings includes tree planting. Bigger trees are budgeted for to be planted in new park developments to ensure the trees survive. Trees are donated to Schools, Churches and NGO’s upon request to plant on their properties. The municipality engages with Food & Trees for Africa to educate the community on how to plant and take care of trees. Trees are planted on sidewalks and entrances to serve as a source of welcome, windbreaks and for shade.
Trees are being planted with 1L dry water to ensure their survival even without getting water.
During winter season all teams concentrate on tree planting and maintenance
The Steve Tshwete Local Municipality has reported 1 Community emission inventory, since 2012. In its latest inventory, compiled in 2012, the Stationary energy, Transport, Waste management, Agriculture, forest and other land use and Agriculture, forest and other land use are identified as key emission sources.
The Steve Tshwete Local Municipality has reported 1 government operational inventory, since 2012. In its latest inventory, compiled in 2012, the Other and Transport are identified as key emission sources.
Mayor Tsietsi ToloSteve Tshwete Local Municipality, South Africa