Wasting black plastic bin bags

2014-06-23 00:00

Oh! the waste

READER James Mills has articulated what many others have asked when they see black bin bags lining up the street barely filled with debris. This is after a municipal team has been in the neighbourhood cleaning up. He questions what the expenditure on black bags by the municipality is and how many are wasted in this manner. These piles of plastic end up in the landfill site.

Mills writes: “It boggles my mind to see how a bag is filled with not more than five handfuls of grass clippings, coupled with paper, plastic packets and plastic bottles shredded by the grass cutters and then thrown on the sidewalk, sometimes one every metre, in a long line waiting for collection. Why these bags cannot be properly filled, goodness only knows — unless the staff are too weak to carry and lift them onto the truck?

“Instead of one bag being filled, five to six bags are partially filled and left for another department to pick up,” he said.

Perhaps the Msunduzi community services portfolio committee could take this up as a campaign or the municipal manager could send out an instruction for fewer bags to be used. This will not only save the council money, it will also help save the environment.

Slow mail

Msunduzi Municipality seems to be having problems with its e-mails. Several Witness Warriors queries were sent through this week and messages were received saying there was a delay in them getting through. In some, the delay was for more than two days.

Let us hope the problem is fixed soon because this has meant not getting responses. One of the queries that was delayed was the complaint by the Msunduzi Rates Forum (MRF) on behalf of residents living along the Deccan Road stream. MRF secretary Minnesh Parmanand said they were told that the soil is eroding drastically along the banks of the river. Residents are concerned about the stability of their homes. From previous such incidents, Witness Warriors has seen instances where boundary walls collapsed and where people found themselves losing chunks of their land. Parmanand said the residents approached the MRF after numerous attempts to get the municipality to rectify the problem.

“To add to the residents’ woes, there appears to be a leaking sewerage pipe in the vicinity as well, which is causing an unpleasant stink in that area. This was also reported to the municipality and the local councillor, but with no response,” he said.

Well, our query on the matter did not even go through. Since there is this cyber hitch, we believe we have a better chance of this problem reaching the right quarters by good old-fashioned newspaper delivery to the city hall.

Water leak fix

We have finally solved the vexing problem of the long-standing water leak at the corner of Ritchie and Alexandra roads. Here’s what happened and the problem should certainly be fixed by this week, we have been assured.

It seems there are no water pipes on that side of the road, so the problem was not a pipe leak. Further investigation revealed that it could be a leak on the network of storm water pipes in the area and the reason why the water was accumulating was because of a blocked pipe. The order has been given to unblock the pipe so that there is less build-up of water. This will be followed by a leak detection team probing to find the leak and fix it. Funny how being given a detailed explanation can make one more understanding of a problem. Here’s hoping that the gaping hole with its worn-out orange plastic safety net that has been irritating the residents in Alexandra and Ritchie roads is finally fixed and never features in this column again.

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