Waste drop-off facility to take shape

2015-05-19 06:00

A new waste drop-off facility will soon be seen in ward 46.

The new facility will be situated on Induland Crescent explains ward 46 councillor Junade Hoosain.

“The waste drop-off facility forms part of the World Design Capital Project and was requested by the community. We went through all the processes and by the end of the month the department will be taking ownership of the land,” Hoosain says.

He adds the project was suggested by the community due to dumping issues in the ward.

“People wouldn’t have anywhere to go and drop off their waste so they would dump it on any open space of land. Even at the current site we experienced incidents of dumping,” Hoosain says.

In a recent incident that occurred at the Induland Crescent site, Hoosain says, vagrants were removed from the site two weeks ago after illegally squatting at the facility site.

“I was doing site visits in ward 46 along with the subcouncil chair and manager when we noticed guys on the site. They were sleeping in bins,” he explains.

Hoosain says a call was made to the illegal land invasion unit and the vagrants were removed on the same day.

“We had an issue with dumping and vagrants at the specific site where the drop-off facility will be built. However, we have taken precautionary measures for when building starts at the facility. We will have the facility fenced and dumping will no longer occur on the vacant land,” Hoosain says.

He adds that although core staff from the City of Cape Town will be employed at the drop off facility, the subcouncil database will also be used when recruiting new staff at the facility.

“There will be job opportunities for residents but this will be done once the core staff has been employed.”

Belgravia Road resident Ralph Sickle says he is eager for the facility to be built for the community.

“We have incredible problems with regard to dumping in the area. Having this facility will definitely ensure that our community looks tidier and more approachable,” Sickle says.

Hoosain could not confirm what type of waste will be accepted at the facility at the time of going to print.

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