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Saturday, 31 October 2020

Waste Manage Management

Waste Management is basically planning and taking the responsibility of where to dispose off what is not needed. Waste is simply something that you don't need it for a particular task or purpose. However, some materials or waste are not really are waste. They can be recycled or used in elsewhere.

So to manage waste, one has to consider, what is really waste, what is recyclable and what is required at other places or purposes. Some waste are burnable and considered waste but then the burnable waste are also given second thought as to whether their remains after burning is usable or not. For example, organic materials are burnable but their remains after burning can be of useful for agricultural compost. 

Other waster are considered recyclable in the likes of metals and hydrocarbon products. For example, can drinks are recyclable as well and pet bottles are recyclable. 

So in managing waste, you have to consider the separation of these waste materials which you don't need but  others they need for recycling or  to be used for other purposes.

Some of the waste can be used for craft making and landform beautification and gardening. People have different ways to utilize waste materials into useful materials. But what that you consider waste must be disposed off in the right place so that the next person might need or will be a waste indeed.

So different countries have different waste management policies and regulations which all the citizens are bound to follow so that  the living environment or the surrounding environment including the natural environment is not polluted or affected by the waste produced or created by human beings.
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Clean up of Mine Waste in Papua New Guinea

 The Papua New Guinea's (PNG) Minister for Environment and Protection stated on the daily news paper dated October30, 2020 that an Hong Kong based company would be engaged to clean-up the mine waste in PNG at no cost to PNG government and the mining operators.

The company targets the river deltas where the Ok Tedi Mine and Porgera Mine dispose their mining waste. And the overseas based company is kind enough to clean up the mine waste in PNG.

The Minister may not be aware thinking that it is a good idea to get rid of the mine waste without realizing the value of the contents in it, Or he may be very well knowingly trying to get these assumed valuable residues from OK Tedi and Porgera which could be full of gold and other minerals. The Map interestingly showing the targets are Porgera and Ok Tedi river deltas. The foreign investor is not a non-sense to collect the mine waste from PNG deltas targeting Ok Tedi and Porgera tailings disposal rivers.  The tailings contain gold other gangue minerals which are unable to extract at the processing plants in both Porgera and Ok Tedi Mining.  And because both mines discharger their tailings into the river system, the sediments of these rivers (Strickland and Ok Tedi River) are rich in alluvial gold which can be extracted with improved techniques that can recover gold that are of fine particles.
 
It is good the company is interested in the mine waste disposal area and PNG should welcome the idea as it is an investing opportunity. however,  the company's approach is quite not right and must re-strategize and must make its hidden intention known by way of exploration proposal or Mining Proposal rather than saying they want to clean-up mine waste. They should apply for mineral tenement/leases and do the right thing with the PNG Mining Regulator which is Mineral Resources Authority.  
 
It must not be opposed but allow them to  progress and re-phrase to mine alluvial gold from  mine waste disposal areas rather then clean-up mine waste at the deltas. The deltas are rich in alluvial gold and industrial minerals if not known. It can only be proven with exploration and sampling.
Screen shot of The National News Paper publication..

 

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