R4.2 million drop-off site officially launched

2016-04-27 06:00
The newly launched Kragga Kamma drop-off site. Photo: MORNE DU RANDT

The newly launched Kragga Kamma drop-off site. Photo: MORNE DU RANDT

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THE first ever Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism registered drop-off site in Kragga Kamma, which has been open to the public since the beginning of April, was officially launched on Friday, April 22.

The municipality officially opened the revamped drop-off site, constructed next to the Kragga Kamma Road for easy access of users, following massive work that has cost the institution more than R4.2 million.

The site, which was previously closed for more than three years, now claims the title of the first registered drop-off site since it complies with recently approved legislation.

Municipal spokesperson, Mthubanzi Mniki, who was present at the launch, said the plan is to have more drop-off sites in Nelson Mandela Bay. He added that there are currently 18 further existing drop-off sites in the Bay that still need to be registered.

Public Health Mayoral Committee chairperson councillor, Joy Seale, said the reason the site was previously closed was due to adhering to the norms and standards.

“We had to adhere to the norms and standards. A lot of work had to be done on the site and in the background, such as administration, which is why there was a delay,” Seale said.

The main purpose of the site is to provide a drop-off facility as a service to surrounding residents which will allow the disposal of certain categories of household waste that is not removed by the normal kerbside collection service.

Another reason is to form an integral component in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s (NMBM) strategy to eliminate illegal dumping in the NMBM Area.

The site is also to encourage waste separation and to provide accessible facilities for the drop-off of such separated / recyclable material.

“We are faced with a lot of challenges when it comes to illegal dumping, especially the illegal dumping in entire metro,” Seale said.

Businesses will not be allowed to dispose of any waste material at the drop-off site, except for Garden Services enterprises which will be allowed to dispose of one ton load of waste per day only. Entrepreneurs removing waste from business premises will not be allowed to dispose of such waste at the drop-off site.

Waste that is not accepted will be referred to the Arlington Waste Disposal Site for the correct disposal. The use of CCTV cameras is being investigated. Failure to comply with the above may result in a fine of R2 000 per incident.

The site is open seven days a week and operating times are from 7:30am to 5pm.

Accepted waste:

A maximum of one bakkie load per day (max 1 ton) of:

. Residential garden refuse

. Bulky household waste not removed during kerbside collection (e.g. furniture)

. Pre-sorted recyclable waste (e.g. paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, metal and cans)

Waste not accepted:

. Any waste generated by businesses or contractors

. Large tree stumps

. Branches longer than 2m

. Construction waste (e.g. rubble, rock, soil etc.)

. Carcasses

. Liquid waste

. Anything that can cause a bad smell

Hazardous waste includes:

. Oils and paints

. Batteries and fluorescent light bulbs

. Electronic waste

. Medical waste

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