IN April last year, I wrote an article about some private recycling initiatives in and around Pietermaritzburg. Since then, recycling at St Mary’s Church has folded, glass banks have been removed from two shopping centres and members of the public keep asking where to recycle. They wonder why domestic recycling initiatives such as curb-side collections exist in other cities, but not ours. The articles on this page give answers to some of these questions. But they also raise new ones about the state of waste management in Pietermaritzburg. Reclamation commercial manager, Geoff Borrajeiro in Durban confirmed that glass is becoming a “major concern” for the company. Part of this concern is driven by fuel price hikes. “Unless bottle banks are within a five-kilometre round trip from our depot and they’re full, we’re losing money,” he said.