USE-IT has constructed a waste beneficiation centre in Hammarsdale in the Outer West region of Durban. This extremely exciting project is a first for the African continent and we are proud to be a key part of this project. Funding for the centre has been secured from the Green Fund.
We produced a fully green building development, using our Compressed Earth Blocks as the main building material of the waste beneficiation centre. Other green elements for the project included full rain-water harvesting, storm-water collection systems, energy efficient hot water systems, LED lighting and off-grid, green power production using waste materials.
In the first phase, the centre has offices, a meeting area, a training area and a retail area to showcase and sell the products to be manufactured at the site. It will also include 10 incubators to accommodate community-type projects in waste beneficiation, waste to art and up-cycling production areas.
The main processing areas focuses on plastics, e-waste and glass, and this will grow over time to create designated areas for each of these projects. We also aim to initiate composting facilities on the site, which we can then use to create organic farming applications on the lower portion of the site that will not only look to vegetable production and food security, but also to value-add applications such as traditional medicines and essential oils. All water harvested that is not used in the administrative section can be used in the lower portion of the site for composting and watering of organically grown products.
The aim of this site is not for USE-IT to undertake all the components, but rather to attract community and private-sector ventures into the area.