At the official launch of the Electronic Waste Project and the Redundant Hazardous Chemicals Schools programme, are from left: Henry McCombi (Eden councillor), Wessie van der Westhuizen (Eden's Executive Mayor), Francois Kriel (Ma'bone), Godfrey Louw (Eden Municipal Manager) and Morton Hubbe (chief of the Eden District Municipality's Waste Management). Photo: Christo Vermaak
EDEN DISTRICT NEWS - The Eden District Municipality and its B-municipalities in the region in co-operation with the Western Cape Education Department and Ma'bone, an accredited hazardous waste management service provider in George, partnered to challenge the redundant chemical problem in schools that poses health and environmental risks to the region.
On Monday morning, the Electronic Waste Project and the Redundant Hazardous Chemicals Schools programme were officially launched. According to Morton Hubbe, chief of the Eden District Municipality's Waste Management, they received several requests from schools within the Eden district on how to get rid of electronic waste and chemicals. "We want to advise them on how to do it in a safe manner and see that when they get rid of it, it doesn't become a problem again."
Francois Kriel from Ma'bone, explained the danger of this type of waste and said they want to remove it without life lost. According to Hubbe, 46 high schools in the Eden region already gave notice that they want to get rid of this dangerous waste. Hubbe said their are more than 200 schools in the region.
Hubbe said the project covers the entire hazardous waste stream for 155 different redundant chemicals to be identified at schools which will include the handling, packing, transportation, treatment and disposal of all redundant chemicals for these schools under the supervision of the Ma'bone Hazmat Haschem team. "The compilation of standard operating procedures will be implemented at schools to properly manage hazardous substances and waste in the future.
"The Electronic Waste initiative is another project whereby the region's municipalities and Ma'bone joined forces in contributing to a safe environment. Continued services will be arranged by municipalities in all the towns, where households will be able to drop-off their electronic waste for safe disposal free of charge. Businesses generating electronic waste can also drop-off or arrange for their electronic waste to be collected by Ma'bone at a tariff and will receive a disposal certificate in return. The public and business sector are called upon to support this drive to stop the illegal dumping of electronic waste and make use of the facilities provided in order to encourage the proper and safe disposal of electronic waste."
The public can phone the local municipalities for more information on where to dump electronic waste.
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