Refuse delays addressed

2016-07-26 06:00

False Bay residents have been asked to exercise patience during a change-over of refuse removal service providers.

Occasional interruptions to some refuse removal services can be expected to last until October. Residents have reported delays in the collection of their wheelie bins and recycling material, says subcouncil chairperson Felicity Purchase.

A new contractor was appointed to remove household refuse, with the contractor expected to start at the beginning of the month. The contract will include 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, says Mayco member for utility services, Ernest Sonnenberg (“Refuse contract awarded”, People’s Post, 14 June).

The contract is valued at around R1.5m per month.

However, unforeseen circumstances delayed the commencement of the contract and the City of Cape Town is running a contingency plan with its own resources (“Plan B for refuse removal”, People’s Post, 5 July) to prevent any health risk associated with unserviced wet waste.

However, there have been occasional interruptions of service, says Purchase, due to drivers and staff being unfamiliar with the area, vehicle breakdowns, non-availability of the recycling bags and delays caused by roadworks on the Main Road.

The new contractor who will be responsible for both the collection of waste from the wheelie bins as well as the recyclable materials, will commence on 1 October. In the interim the City’s solid waste department will continue servicing the wheelie bins.

Wastemart is working in the area and will be collecting the recyclable materials and making available the recycling bags to the contracted area.

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