A new site is needed as the landfill site currently in use is nearing the end of its lifetime.
GEORGE NEWS - The progress with the regional landfill project was discussed by Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Anton Bredell on Tuesday.
He met with George Mayor Charles Standers, role players from Bitou and Knysna, Municipal Manager Trevor Botha and officials of various municipalities to discuss the regional landfill project.
The project is being undertaken by the Eden District Municipality near Mossel Bay and the discussions focused on the progress of the project. Tenders for the construction closes on
31 July and a procurement procedure will then be followed.
This will be one of the first to proceed along Private Public Partnership (PPP) project lines.
An official at the Eden District Municipality promised to release a more detailed report later this month. The new regional dumping site will be positioned adjacent to the current landfill site, and next to PetroSA's petrochemical industry near Mossel Bay.
Household waste from George, Bitou, Knysna and Mossel Bay will be accepted there. A new site is needed as the landfill site currently in use is nearing the end of its lifetime. The necessary Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) has been completed.
On Tuesday, a second meeting was also held at which Minister Bredell launched the Eden
Regional Spatial Development Framework
specifically for the Eden coastal area.
Following this launch yesterday, the coastal Eden municipalities will meet to discuss the terms of reference and the way forward.
ARTICLE: PAULINE LOURENS, GEORGE HERALD - JOURNALIST.
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