Hankey landfill site ‘a disgrace’

2016-04-21 06:00
The landfill site in Hankey is an eyesore with rubbish not being cleared in weeks due to a broken machine.                  Photo: MONIQUE BASSON

The landfill site in Hankey is an eyesore with rubbish not being cleared in weeks due to a broken machine. Photo: MONIQUE BASSON

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THE Kouga Municipality has appealed for patience from members of the public using the Hankey landfill site, as the site is littered with rubbish not being cleared.

The municipality’s appeal follows complaints by members of the public that the site is filthy and filling rapidly without having been cleared in weeks.

When Kouga Express visited the site last week, rubbish was seen strewn all around the entrance and along its perimeter, as well as across the road. The site itself had a huge pile of rubbish in one corner and a general waste area filled chest high. At least four more vehicles entered the site, some with trailers of waste, while Kouga Express was there.

According to municipal spokesperson, Laura-Leigh Randall, the Terex Machine used to clean the site had broken down. “We are in the pro-cess of procuring a front-end loader for five days to clear the site. The paperwork is currently with our Supply Chain office.”

According to Randall, the municipality is in the process of erecting three new waste cells and an evaporation pond, as well as a guard house and ablution facilities.

This upgrade forms part of the R25 million Kouga Waste Management and Recycling project funded by the Department of Environmental Affairs, which will see landfill sites upgraded in accordance with compliance requirements.

“The work at Hankey started in November last year and is expected to be completed by December this year,” says Randall.

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