1 :0INTRODUCTION 1.1North South Local Government Cooperation The aim of The North South Local Government Cooperation Programme is to assist local governments in developing countries in getting long-lasting results on good governance, sustainable development and reduction of poverty. The program is coordinated by the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities (AFLRA) and funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. The city of Lahti has been involved in the program since 2002 with Bojanala Platinum Dis-trict Municipality (BPDM), South Africa. The co-operation focuses especially on developing environmental administration. It is based on mutual learning and col-league-to-colleague interaction by exchanging expertise and ideas (Lahti-Bojanala 2011). Starting from 2010, the Southern partners of the city of Lahti included also the Ho Municipality from Ghana and 3 local municipalities under the Bojanala Platinum District Municipality, namely Rustenburg LM, Madibeng LM and Moses Kotane LM. The local municipalities have signed a Declaration of Co-operation with the city of Lahti and take part in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the Lahti-BPDM co-operation activities. 1.2The City of Lahti The City of Lahti, located in southern Finland has over 100 000 inhabitants. It is not further than 100 kilometers from Helsinki, the capital of Finland. Therefore Lahti is considered to be a part of the Helsinki Metropolitan area.The location of the city of Lahti makes it easy to reach, the Helsinki-Vantaa international airport is only an hour away. Good train connections to Helsinki and St. Petersburg, Rus-sia create good opportunities for economic development in an international world. (Lahti 2011). The City of Lahti is well-known for its environmental and design expertise. One of the aims of the Lahti Strategy 2025 is to promote sustainable
development. Lahti is number one in Finland, when it comes to separation at source, recycling and utilisation of waste. (GreenCity 2011).
1.3Rustenburg Local Municipality Rustenburg Local Municipality is located in the North West Province and Bojana-la Platinum District Municipality. It is approximately 120 kilometers from the Johannesburg-Pretoria metropolitan area. It was established in the year 2000 (Rus-tenburg 2011). In 2010, population has been estimated to be almost 640 000 in-habitants (Jarrod Ball & Associates 2005). Characteristic for the landscape in the Rustenburg area are some of the biggest platinum mines in the world (Bojanala 2011). Majority of North West Province’s platinum is mined in Rustenburg area and mining contributes 23.3 % of the economy of the North West Province (SouthAfrica.Info 2011). Rustenburg Local Municipality has its own Waste Unit, which is responsible of organising waste management. 1.4Purpose of the Study and Research Questions This study will be made for the North South Local Government co-operation pro-ject between the city of Lahti (coordinated by Lahti Science and Business Park) and Bojanala Platinum District Municipality. The study focuses especially on the recycling and collection possibilities of hazardous household waste in the Rusten-burg Local Municipality (RLM). R LM has included hazardous waste collection as one of the key development issues on waste management after exploring the source separation and collection models in Lahti. The project supports the implementation of this plan. Therefore, the goal of the study is to find solutions for organizing a hazardous household waste recovery facility in R LM, based on the proposed activities in the coopera-tion project and the plans of the R LM.