"George Municipality is working closely with the Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning (DEADP) to ensure that we comply with the new regulations and legislation pertaining to landfill facilities."
Municipal Spokesperson Chantel Edwards-Klose said among other measures, the following short-term steps are being implemented:
1. The office of the manager responsible for transfer station and landfill site will be relocated from town to the transfer station to ensure a hands on approach.
2. The security services are monitored on a regular basis by the law enforcement section of the municipality to ensure access control as well as execution of duties.
3. The damaged gates and boom will be repaired again to make it easier for access control.
4. The security service will again have an entrance register and ensure the waste that is not supposed to go onto the site does not enter the site.
5. There is a fulltime supervisor/machine operator and two 'pointers', who are in charge of the site and who direct the flow of traffic and point out where to offload waste.
6. At the transfer station there is also a fulltime foreman and senior workers responsible for the day-to-day running of the station.
"We are currently doing a scoping investigation regarding the establishment of a new green waste and composting facility in George in order to minimise the waste going to the PetroSA Waste Facility in Mossel Bay," Edwards-Klose further said.