Businesses get help with rubbish

2016-03-08 06:00

Local business owners have come on board to see a cleaner Town Centre.

The City of Cape Town’s solid waste management department has given over 420 wheelie bins to businesses in the Mitchell’s Plain CBD in a bid to prevent illegal dumping and contribute to a cleaner environment.

The initiative was the brainchild of subcouncil 12, which highlighted issues around waste removal, including complaints of illegal dumping in the CBD, concerns that businesses have insufficient refuse bins and non-compliance with bylaws.

The subcouncil called on the solid waste management department to start a bin compliance project in the CBD, after liaising with the community and businesses.

Property owners are responsible for ensuring that there is a refuse removal service on their premises. As not all property owners were compliant, the CBD was identified as a key area to implement the project.

A detailed plan of action directed the campaign, which included the following:

. Visiting all of the businesses and handing over letters informing shop and property owners of the project.

. Evaluating how much refuse is generated at each shop and determining how many bins are needed and the frequency of the removal necessary.

. Engaging with customers daily.

. Engaging with shop owners to take responsibility for the area around them to prevent illegal dumping.

The project team included officials from the solid waste management department, operational staff and health inspectors as well Law Enforcement officers stationed at the Town Centre.

“This project is an example of how businesses can work together with the City and contribute towards a clean environment, thereby making progress possible. The subcouncil will monitor the area and ensure that businesses remain compliant,” said subcouncil chairperson Eddie Andrews.

Businesses that were compliant helped City officials in persuading others.

“I’m very pleased with this development in the Mitchell’s Plain CBD and look forward to seeing a reduction in illegal dumping as businesses equip themselves with the appropriate measures to cope with the waste that is produced.

“Congratulations to subcouncil 12, the solid waste management department and the Mitchell’s Plain business community. This is exactly the kind of team effort between the City and the community that can bring about real change. I look forward to visiting the CBD to see the results,” said Ernest Sonnenberg, Mayco member for utility services.

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