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Environmental risk assessment associated with unregulated landfills in the Albert Luthuli Municipality, Mpumalanga Province, RSA

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dc.contributor.advisor Rampedi, I.T. en
dc.contributor.advisor Jordaan, M. en
dc.contributor.author Mnisi, Fannie en
dc.date.accessioned 2009-08-25T11:02:07Z
dc.date.available 2009-08-25T11:02:07Z
dc.date.issued 2009-08-25T11:02:07Z
dc.date.submitted 2008-08-31 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/2274
dc.description.abstract Integrated management of municipal and hazardous waste is one of the challenges facing the new municipalities in South Africa, especially those located in previously disadvantaged rural areas. However, much of the research on solid and hazardous waste management in South Africa has examined waste management problematics in urban areas, the majority of which are located within the jurisdiction of local governments which are comparatively effective in terms of providing adequate disposal services. By contrast, this study has examined the environmental risk assessment associated with unregulated landfill sites in the Albert Luthuli municipality, in the Mpumalanga province. The determination of the environmental risk was achieved by the use of questionnaire surveys and landfill analysis forms in selected study areas. The findings have highlighted a very high environmental risk, nearly four times and above, the threshold limits set by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT, 2005:15) for all of the landfill sites examined. Several exposure pathways stemming from associated environmental impacts have also been identified for the study. The higher environmental risk determined for the problem sites is ascribed to numerous factors, including their ill-planned location, the sensitivity and vulnerability of the natural environment and adjacent rural settlements, the lack of appropriate waste pre-treatment processes prior to disposal, and most significantly, the lack of regulatory and control measures to contain the myriad of environmental problems generated. In conclusion, it is recommended that several measures (including closure) should be taken in order to reduce and contain the magnitude of environmental risks involved. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (viii, 100 leaves : col. ill., photos., maps.)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject No keywords available en
dc.subject.ddc 363.728096827
dc.subject.lcsh Waste disposal sites -- South Africa -- Mpumalanga
dc.subject.lcsh Waste disposal in the ground -- South Africa -- Mpumalanga
dc.subject.lcsh Refuse and refuse disposal -- South Africa -- Mpumalanga
dc.subject.lcsh Refuse and refuse disposal, Rural -- South Africa -- Mpumalanga
dc.subject.lcsh Hazardous wastes -- South Africa -- Mpumalanga
dc.subject.lcsh Hazardous wastes -- Environmental aspects -- South Africa -- Mpumalanga
dc.subject.lcsh Hazardous waste sites -- Environmental aspects -- South Africa -- Mpumalanga
dc.subject.lcsh Integrated solid waste management -- South Africa -- Mpumalanga
dc.subject.lcsh Sanitary landfills -- South Africa -- Mpumalanga
dc.subject.lcsh Local government and environmental policy -- South Africa -- Mpumalanga
dc.subject.lcsh Environmental protection -- South Africa -- Mpumalanga -- Management -- Standards
dc.subject.lcsh Environmental impact analysis -- South Africa -- Mpumalanga
dc.subject.lcsh Waste minimization -- South Africa -- Mpumalanga -- Planning
dc.title Environmental risk assessment associated with unregulated landfills in the Albert Luthuli Municipality, Mpumalanga Province, RSA en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Environmental Sciences en
dc.description.degree M.Sc.(Environmental Sciences) en


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