Following several enquiries relating to the Langvlei Dunes proposed Green Waste Landfill Facility, envisaged to be established in the de-commissioned Sand Mine for Knysna Municipality, the following matters need to be explained:
Firstly, the George Municipality received notice of the outcome of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) application of Knysna Municipality relating to the proposed green waste / building rubble waste disposal facility in the Langvlei dunes area to the east of Wilderness. This facility may however not operate unless the operators / owners obtain the necessary Consent Use approval from George Municipality as required in terms of Section 4.1 of the Section 8 Zoning Scheme Regulations, 1988.
The Municipality has not received an application in terms of Section 15(2) of the Land Use Planning By-law, 2015 and is also at this stage not aware if an application will be submitted in future. The administrations of George Municipality and Knysna Municipality are busy with consultations regarding the future use of the green waste and compost facility as well as the approved building rubble landfill facility of the George Municipality which is already in advanced stages of planning and establishment.
There are currently plans being drafted for which Environmental and Engineering Consultants have been appointed for the upgrading of the Landfill Transfer Station and establishment of the Green Waste Composting Facility and Building Rubble Landfill Facility at the existing Landfill Facility in George. The upgrading of the Rail-siding and proposed utilisation of rail for the transporting of refuse to the Mosselbay Regional Landfill Facility is being investigated. There are investigations and discussions underway regarding the possible use of the Transfer Station in George by Bitou and Knysna Municipalities to bring down the transport costs by making use of rail transport from George to the Mosselbay Regional Landfill Facility.
The Regional Landfill Facility, composting and building rubble facilities as well as general refuse removal must be viewed in a holistic manner to ensure that the current problem of space and the environment are taken into account. It is of utmost importance that the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA) is complied with while making certain that the necessary measures are in place to cater for the ever increasing burden of refuse removal. The Regional Landfill Facility, Composting Facility and building rubble facilities of all the municipalities in the Eden District must be considered in conjunction and in cooperation with each other. It is of critical importance that joint ventures are entered into and partnerships be established to mitigate any environmental and spatial threats facing the Eden Region as a whole.
It is inevitable that all municipalities must increase efforts to recycle and minimize refuse and waste to promote conservation as well as to protect the environment against degradation. The Bitou,George,Knysna, Mossel Bay and Hessequa Municipalities in conjuction with the Eden District Municipality are consequently working together to seek lasting solutions for the problem of refuse and waste removal. It is in all the municipalities interests to work together to save costs and to establish solutions that are acceptable for the citizens of our region. All aspects relating to refuse removal, green waste, building rubble and hazardous waste will therefore be discussed between the mentioned municipalities in an effort to establish negotiated and cooperative solutions to all the current landfill issues.Last published 28 July 2016