No garden refuse allowed as tip nears closure

2016-05-19 06:00

THE St Francis Bay waste site is to be closed and replaced by a new drop-off zone from June 2016.

As part of the preparations, Kouga Municipality would like to appeal to communities to refrain from dumping garden refuse, also from bush-clearing, at the old site, as it can no longer be accommodated.

All garden refuse is now to be taken directly to the regional waste site at Humansdorp.

Kouga Municipal Manager Sidney Fadi says work on the new drop-off zone started in February following consultation with the affected communities as to its location.

The new drop-off zone will be situated on erf 745/72 at the entrance to Sea Vista from the R330.

It will initially serve as a temporary storage space. Residents will be able to dispose of building rubble and domestic waste only, which will then be transported by the municipality to the Humansdorp waste site.

The drop-off zone will be fenced and a ramp will be put in place, with skip bins in which the refuse will be stored. A gate controller will be stationed at the site for security control and to assist residents.

Fadi says the plan was to expand the drop-off zone into a fully-fledged transfer station; however, this process could take up to two years because of the stringent environmental processes that must be followed.

“The municipality is working closely with the Department of Environmental Affairs so as to ensure that Kouga’s waste sites and pro-cesses meet requirements.

“We would like to apologise to residents for any inconvenience they may have to face while improvements are underway. The work is, however, critical to ensure the long-term sustainability of our waste sites and area as a whole.”

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