Still no landfill site for Jeffreys Bay

2016-03-10 06:00

DESPITE some millions that will be spent to upgrade various landfill sites and esta-blish transfer stations in Kouga, the highly populated Jeffreys Bay does not feature high on the list of these plans.

The Kouga Waste Management and Recycling Project, which is implemented in partnership with the Department of Environmental Affairs, will see the upgrading of existing landfill sites in accordance with legislation at a whopping R25 million by October this year.

In addition, the Kouga Municipality has put just more than R3 million of its own funding aside for the establishment of transfer stations at Oyster Bay, Thornhill, Weston and Patensie.

Upgrades already completed include security fencing and guard houses at the Humansdorp and Hankey waste sites, the installation of a weigh bridge and electronic waste recording system at Humansdorp and a transfer station at St Francis Bay.

According to municipal spokesperson, Mfundo Sobele, the plan for Jeffreys Bay is to have a drop-off zone or a temporary storage where residents would go for their waste disposal. “The municipality will then transport this waste to the landfill site, either on the same day or the following day,” says Sobele. “The site is to have skip bins for this purpose.”

According to Sobele, the project will form part of the R25 million that is funded by the Department of Environmental Affairs.

Land for the drop-off zone has been identified, but public participation processes still need to be followed. Residents will be given notice in due course,” says Sobele.

It is hoped that the drop-off zone will be in operation by the end of October this year.

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