699 12.09.2011 Bins line up at the Recycling Station as students are required to use them during Recycle Week from 12 – 16 September 2011 at the University of Johannesburg(UJ) Bunting Road Campus. Picture:Itumeleng English

Limpopo - A project to improve waste recycling in Limpopo received a R11.4 million boost on Tuesday from the water and environmental affairs department.

The project was focused on establishing waste recycling and buy-back facilities in the area, Deputy Minister Rejoyce Mabudafhasi said in a statement.

Mabudafhasi handed over the money to the Mopani District Municipality in Limpopo.

“The objective of waste recycling is to save resources as well as to reduce the environmental impact of waste, by reducing the amount of waste disposed at landfills,” she said.

“To meet these objectives, waste separation at source should be pursued, as the quality of recyclable materials is higher when separated at source.”

Mabudafhasi said recycling was an alternative to informal salvaging at landfills.

The project had already employed 96 people, she said. - Sapa