New roster for bins

2016-11-01 06:00

A new roster will be implemented on a trial basis to improve refuse removal in the Far South.

This after City of Cape Town officials and contractors recently met with community representatives to discuss “perceived shortcomings” in waste removal in their areas, explains subcouncil chairperson Felicity Purchase.

Some of the concerns highlighted were the change in times of the contractor collecting refuse, which had led to an increase in bin picking and refuse standing for a length of time in business districts.

A new contractor was appointed to remove household refuse, starting last month. The contract includes the area from Muizenberg, south along the coast to Simon’s Town and west over the mountain to Kommetjie and Scarborough as well as Ocean View and Noordhoek (“Refuse delays addressed”, People’s Post, 26 July).

Purchase explains that in areas with steep slopes – such as in Simon’s Town, Glencairn, Kalk Bay and St James – a bakkie will collect refuse and bring it down to a road the refuse truck is able to drive on.

As some residents currently have bins not issued by the City, these will need to be replaced. This will be done free of charge through the City’s application process, Purchase says.

The roster for bin collections will now be changed to ensure business areas are collected earlier, while allowing time for residents to place their bins on the street, Purchase says. The collections will start in Simon’s Town before servicing Kalk Bay and Fish Hoek, to prioritise “business and baboon areas”. The trial will run for a month.

The delays are also caused by slow removal trucks which will gradually be replaced, Purchase explains. A new truck is expected to be on the route soon, with two more to follow over time.

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