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Waste recycling to be expanded

The system of dropping off and collecting clear recycling bags only in certain areas of Drakenstein has been up and running for a few years, with the promise of it being rolled out in other areas too.

For a few years this project has been labelled a pilot project, and questions are being asked why this project is still being run only in certain areas.

According to Hattingh, executive director: Engineering Services, Drakenstein Municipality, not all residents have recyclable material available that needs to be collected and distributed.

“Some neighbourhoods already recycle what they regard as valuable material within their neighbourhoods and sell it to local buy-back centres for additional income,” he said. “Other neighbourhoods (residents) have more recycle waste available within their households and prefer to make it available to informal recyclers within the Drakenstein municipal area.

“Drakenstein Municipality provide these households with clear bags, collect the bags and hand them to ‘waste entrepreneurs’ at the Wellington landfill site.”

For some participating residents the purpose of this door-to-door recycling campaign is defeated when they don’t receive a new clear bag after the filled bag is collected. Such residents can contact the Drakenstein Municipality’s Solid Waste Management Department on 021 807 4708, and a bag will be provided or collected from their address.

According to Hattingh, an extension is planned for areas in Wellington from February/March 2019.

He said: “Drakenstein Municipality has advertised for a service provider to assist with relaunching its Recycling at Source project as well as its illegal dumping campaigns within neighbourhoods.

“Awareness raising campaigns will be conducted in neighbourhoods, while information pamphlets, noticeboards and street theatres on illegal dumping will also form part of the relaunch. It will be done in eight phases, with Wellington to Mbekweni as the first phase to be rolled out during the first quarter of 2019.”

Hattingh said that to encourage waste minimisation practices the municipality started a “pay-as-you-throw” system for businesses and households in Drakenstein on 1 October.

“Only Drakenstein Municipality wheelie bins, registered on the municipal system, are collected,” he said. “Additional refuse bags and private wheelie bins are not collected and are replaced with official municipal wheelie bins. Residents and business are encouraged to minimise waste by diverting recyclable waste.

“We believe this way of managing solid waste will reduce the quantity of refuse bins issued by the municipality, resulting in a saving on collection costs for residents.”

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