With Cape Town producing five to six thousand tons of waste a day - to which each individual contributes an average of two kilograms - the city is fast running out of suitable landfill sites.
At the moment there are only three landfills, at Vissershok, Bellville and Coastal Park near Muizenberg. All are close to their maximum holding capacity. At the rate that Capetonians are producing waste, a site that used to take twenty years to fill now takes only half that time.
Of this waste, only 14% is re-cycled.
In an attempt to contain the ever-increasing amount of recyclable waste we produce, the Solid Waste Directorate of the City of Cape Town, assisted by its appointed service providers - Hlumani WASTEMAN, Millennium Waste Management and Marthinus Waste Removal - has announced a pilot project called THINK TWICE: PHIND' UCINGE: DINK TWEE MAAL.
The project slogan is: Wastewise, a responsible choice.
You can now become part of the solution...
"Of the 2kg of waste generated per person per day in Cape Town, 0.5kg is dry and recyclable and the objective of the THINK TWICE campaign is to encourage residents to separate refuse at source and store what can be recycled in a plastic bag which the City will collect," says project leader Eugene Hlongwane, the City's Manager: Solid Waste Collection.
Each household will be issued with a clear plastic bag for dry waste. The bag must be placed in the upper portion of the bin on the normal collection day. Each household will be allowed one clear plastic bag per week.
Dry waste includes all clean and dry paper, cardboard, plastic bags, containers and bottles, glass and tin cans. Dry waste should be clean and dry, caps should be removed from plastic containers and plastic and metal containers should be flattened.
All other waste which does not form part of dry waste (ie. polystyrene, tetra packs (e.g. long life milk), wet paper and food waste should be placed in the lower portion of the bin.
Garden refuse (leaves, grass cuttings etc.) as well as hazardous waste should be taken to the nearest drop-off site.
The City will conduct an initial research survey to obtain input from residents, followed by regular feedback via public meetings, newspapers, fliers and schools.
The areas selected to be part of the pilot project, which starts on Monday, 13 August 2007 are:
- SOUTHERN SUBURBS: Hout Bay, Glencairn, Fish Hoek and Kommetjie
- HELDERBERG AREA: Strand North, Gordon's Bay, North-eastern Somerset West and North-western Somerset West
- DELFT AND MFULENI AREA: Delft and Mfuleni
- BROWN'S FARM AND PHILIPPI: Brown's Farm, Philippi, Weltevreden etc.
- ATLANTIC AREA: Melkbosstrand, Bloubergstrand, Parklands and Pinelands. These suburbs will follow later in the year.
Further information can be obtained from:
Tel: 021 703-8318
Helderberg, Mfuleni and Delft areas:
Tel: 021 955-5351
Tel: 021 442- 8103
Tel: 021 400-1111
Fax: 021 400-4302
Marthinus Waste Removal
Sharecall: 086 045 6786
Tel: 021 380-3000
Call centre: 074 242 0847
7 JUNE 2007
CITY OF CAPE TOWN
TEL: 021 400-2201
FAX: 021 957-0023
MANAGER: SOLID WASTE COLLECTION
TEL: 021 400-5256
CELL: 084 944 9845