Kerbside recycling programme to begin

2016-05-04 06:00

Msunduzi Municipality residents­ are encouraged to get into the habit of separating recycling items in their rubbish.

During the roll-out of the Msunduzi­ Kerbside Project, which is to begin in the next few months, residents will need to separate paper, plastic, glass, cardboard and the like at home and put them out in a clear plastic bag in order for them to be easily identified by municipal rubbish collectors.

Waste management manager, Richard Rajah said clear plastic bags will be available to buy at supermarkets before the programme begins.

“Residents must please purchase clear bags in place of the black bags so there is no extra cost to householders.

“The collectors will then further separate or sell the mixed recyclables to bigger collectors. The municipality will not be paying the small collectors nor will it be asking for payment for the recyclables,” he said.

Rajah said the recyclables must be put out on refuse collection day and a recycling collector will fetch the clear bag only.

The municipality will collect the rest of the normal black bags for disposal at the landfill site.

“In some cases the collector may want the recyclables put out on a different day for collection.That can be an arrangement with the respective householders,” he said.

There is a minimum of 16 300 households in the municipality and because of this volume the municipality is not in a position to collect recyclables.

“The recyclables have value and there are many unemployed in the municipality. We want to boost employment and collect recyclables, and it can be done together. Therefore the plan is for small business development in recycling.

“There is a need for transport so small business or individuals with bakkies and trailers are invited to register and become part of the recycling operations in the municipality. The municipality will provide training and networking with the major collectors in the municipality,” said Rajah.

The dates of the roll-out will depend on the successful registering of the collectors, their readiness to commence, education and awareness of the respective households and the availability of the clear plastic bags in supermarkets. Rajah said that the programme should be rolled out in June.

During the roll-out of the Msunduzi­ Kerbside Project, due to begin in the next few months, residents will need to separate paper, plastic, glass, cardboard and the like

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