KNYSNA NEWS - Not long after residents of Sedgefield bemoaned the fact that the Sedgefield Recycling Centre was grossly overflowing and infested with cockroaches, rats and flies, Knysna Municipality jumped in to clean the yard. And this is apparently just the start to a broader waste management project.
Knysna municipal spokesperson Christopher Bezuidenhoudt last week said the Sedgefield Recycling Centre was immaculate and the Knysna Waste Transfer Station would be following suit.
"The municipality has put out a Request for Quotation (RFQ) for a service provider with his/her facility, where recyclable waste will be diverted. The municipality will assist in the form of a stipend for the bailing and sorting of recyclable material," he said. Applications had been submitted and they were being evaluated at the time.
He added that the municipality recently published its Integrated Waste Management Plan 3rd Generation, 2020-2025, for public comment as part of its revision of waste management services.
"The aim of the plan is to highlight shortfalls in current waste management activities and to formulate waste management objectives for the next five years," he said.
"We are in the process of decommissioning the existing recycling sites in Sedgefield and Knysna. A three-year tender to manage recycling services in greater Knysna will be re-advertised soon. While the tender process is underway, a contractor will be appointed on a month-to-month basis to operate the recycling service from a site that is not located in the CBD. A call for applications for this will be advertised within the next few days."
Bezuidenhoudt said the existing sites will wind down their operations as soon as a new operator is appointed.
Sedgefield resident Ronél Whatley, who lives across from the yard and told Knysna-Plett Herald before clean-up that people were ''going through hell with the abomination'', confirmed that the yard had been cleaned but said the noise from the trucks remains a bother.
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