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Rotting waste piles up

Fuming business owners and residents were left with overflowing refuse bins in Brooklyn, Koeberg Road which have allegedly been standing idle for days.

The bins, meant to be emptied three times a week - Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays - have been uncollected since Monday 17 February and only emptied on Saturday 22 February, according to the business owners.

The escalating problem has affected various businesses and residents in Koeberg Road, amid spiralling complaints which fuelled health concerns.

According to Fay Vogel, a resident and community leader, they struggle to cope with a build-up of rotting waste that remains uncollected.

“We have reported the issue to the waste department, but nothing is being done. Even though they emptied the bins, it was still done after a week and it’s a constant occurrence. There is never a set time when the service trucks come and we cannot leave our bins outside at night as it gets stolen. This is also the cause of many households and businesses being skipped. However, most days they do not collect. This is one of the busiest roads and has now become invested with flies. As taxpaying homeowners and businesses, it’s unfair to us,” Vogel said.

A business owner, Babu Uddin, said he is paying for the bins including refuse collection. According to him, there is a clear indication of a lack of service delivery.

Uddin added, “Some of the waste collectors demand money before they can dispose of the waste, but we refuse to pay them. The flies and maggots are clearly a health issue and customers often complain about this. We want the service we are paying for.”

Ward 55 councillor, Fabian Ah-Sing, said the residents have yet to report the issue to his office.

“In most cases, what usually happens is that waste collectors will not dispose of waste bins which is not that of the City. Some of these businesses have bins that they purchased elsewhere. If there are instances where money is being asked, the problem must be reported,” he said.

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