The George Municipality recently hosted its first Waste Management Workshop on 24 February 2016 in order to educate our community members and to encourage them in fighting unlawful dumping.
The workshop was hosted in conjunction with stakeholders from government waste management spheres and agencies i.e. the Department of Environmental Affairs & Development Planning, Department of Environmental Affairs, Tedcor, Eden District Municipality, Interwaste Environmental Solutions, Landmark Foundation, Kos en Fynbos and Catchments Management Agency.
Individuals of George communities from different NGO/ NPO groups were invited to attend the workshop. Youth in Waste was also present at this workshop. The Department of Environmental Affairs initiated a Youth in Waste Programme in the Western Cape region.
The aim of the programme is to minimize waste through community awareness programmes that include youth development activities, technical and on the job - practical training and schools involvement in waste and recycling minimisation projects. It is also to assist waste management to plan, manage, monitor and implement waste in the municipalities in the introduction and implementation of source separations in the form of campaigns, and ensure health and safety requirements are met.
Different topics were presented for example the impact of waste on the environment, the importance of waste versus illegal dumping, waste management awareness and general, environmental management, recycling, community food and water security programme and Grant policy.Last published 10 March 2016