So it’s been a couple of weeks since my last blog. In the interim, lots of crazy events along the way (mainly Capetown). I highly recommend going, reminds me of Rio – and be sure to go to Table Mountain – but please remember to bring Rum and coke.
Anyway, I wanted to discuss what I saw a couple of weeks ago. I’ve seen some landfills in New Jersey (I mean who hasn’t in Jersey) and different waste dump areas in Brazil and Europe. But I’ve never in my life seen such a landfill like I have here in Johannesburg. It’s called Robinson Deep. Think of a huge mountain, and then imagine that mountain is made up of pure trash and waste and smells like an old diaper filled with Indian food (or sex panther). Even worse, it used to be a gold mine, now it’s a poop mine. Anyway, the reality is that these landfills are already at half capacity and will run out of room in less than 10 years. Where the F is it all going to go? Well, the solution (so far) is alternative waste to energy technology plants. Yes, turning waste into green electricity producing energy. A citywide program has implemented to reduce waste to landfills by 50 percent by 2012, and zero waste to landfills by 2022.
Let’s see how that goes. That’s one the many challenges going on down here and companies need to reduce their carbon footprint and recycle waste out of necessity and not just for marketing gimmicks. As you can see in the pictures, there is a long way to go. Special thanks to Mazen for going up the landfill and taking some pics despite his unwillingness and constant obscenities in Arabic.