Home owners’ buy-in can see City’s recycling grow by the ton

2013-02-04 00:00

FROM opaque orange to see through — the bags they are a-changing.

As from today the Msunduzi Kerbside Recycling Project is moving away from the orange coloured bags to clear plastic bags in which to collect recyclables. City residents who support the project will now also have to buy their packs of recycling bags. The orange bags were sponsored.

The project, which falls under the Waste Section of the Msunduzi Municipality, has been operating for three years. It started in the Chase Valley area and over time spread to various suburbs around the city.

“The project, which currently covers a relatively small part of the city, is generating an average of 45 metric tons of recyclable material per month,” said Ward 25 councillor Dave Ryder, who has been involved with the project since its inception. “There is potential substantially to increase this volume through the active participation of residents,” he said.

The success of the project has led to the move to charge for the bags.

“The programme is growing to such an extent that the councillors, project committee members and Msunduzi municipality had to come up with a way to make the project sustainable,” said Trevor Venter, regional manager of Durban-based Mpact Recycling who, until 2012, assisted in sponsorship and supporting the project with the bags.

Mpact will continue meeting with the project committee to assist in helping the project reach its full potential as it is rolled out into different wards. The municipality had no funds to sponsor the bags so it was decided the best way forward was to charge for the bags which are being produced by local manufacturer Flowe-Pac at cost.

The transparent bags will be available in packs of 20 and will be slightly cheaper than black bags.

“We’ve moved away from orange bags to clear plastic bags for two reasons. One, they are cheaper to manufacture, and secondly, it allows the collectors to see what’s in the bag before it is removed from the kerb,” said Ryder. The clear bag will have printed on it, in orange in order to link with the original project, a list of the recyclable materials that can be put in the bag. All recyclable materials can be put in the same bag.

Residents are asked to place their recyclable materials in the clear plastic bag and put the bag out on the kerb together with their black bags of household refuse on rubbish collection day.

The black refuse bags are removed to the main landfill site, where they are disposed of. The bags of recyclable materials are collected by Central Waste, a private company, and taken to its premises in Willowton where it is sorted, compacted and sold to companies who turn the material into new products. All paper recyclables from the bags are purchased from Central Waste by Mpact.

The orange bags will be collected together with the new clear plastic bags until the orange bags stock held by residents is depleted.

Ryder is confident the Kerbside Project will continue despite the bags being charged for. “It’s established and people have become passionate about recycling,” he said.

The new transparent bags will become available over the next few days at the following outlets:

• Parklane Spar – Commercial Road

• Victoria Packaging – 298 Victoria Road

• Innoxa Factory Shop – 340 Victoria Road

• Mingle Mousse – Connor Road

• BP Garage Shop – Cascades Crescent

• Woolworths – Cascades Centre

• The Pet Shop – Liberty Mall

• Mayor’s Walk Spar – Mayor’s Walk

• Oscars - Roberts Road

• OK Store – College Road

• Spar – Foxon Road

• Polly Shortts Spar – CB Downes Road

• Pelham Superette – Oribi Road

• Shell Garage Shop – Alan Paton Avenue

More outlets will be added soon.

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