GEORGE NEWS - Both Woolworths and Pick n Pay have containers where used globes and batteries can be deposited.
The containers are inside the stores, but similar containers at Total Courtenay have been removed.
If the public and business sectors want to get rid of large quantities of hazardous waste (including poison, motor car oil, paint, florescent tubes and globes as well as electronic waste) they can take it to Ma'bone Hazardous Waste Management's depot in Fichat Street, George Industria.
Their telephone number is 044 874 4763.
Ma'bone charges a nominal fee to cover the transportation to the hazardous waste site in Cape Town.
The public must learn to recognise substances that could be harmful to our health and environment, and to minimise the effect wherever possible by correctly disposing thereof - which is not placing it in the black or blue (recycling) bag. Francois Kriel, CEO of Ma'bone Environment Education Foundation, believes that by taking it one step at a time and continuing to provide ongoing services, backed by information, a better understanding of the nature of the various toxic waste streams and how to manage and dispose of it effectively will begin to take place.
This will be more effective with the support of the gene-ral public, including the media and the municipalities in George, Mossel Bay, Knysna, Oudts-hoorn, Plettenberg Bay and Hessequa. "The only way to change the way we behave in terms of waste management is to provide education. The public needs to know why it is required to do what is right of them regarding correct waste disposal, starting at grass roots level."
Ma'bone is an accredited hazardous waste disposal service provider, servicing the Eden district and has various disposal solutions and facilities to dispose of any toxic waste in line with legislation, committed to striving towards an environmentally safer Eden district.
All types of hazardous waste streams including e-waste can be taken to Ma'bone for correct disposal at a minimal fee. Alternatively, various sizes of suitable safe buckets branded 'emmerkie' can be purchased from Ma'bone for the collection and disposal of various types of hazardous waste streams - this includes the disposal cost.
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