‘We are a recycling centre, not a dump’

2018-11-27 06:01
Chairlady of Keep Hillcrest Beautiful Association Marge Mitchell (centre) with recycling centre workers (from left) Vukani Cele and Welcome Ngcobo.

Chairlady of Keep Hillcrest Beautiful Association Marge Mitchell (centre) with recycling centre workers (from left) Vukani Cele and Welcome Ngcobo.

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THE recycling centre in Delamore Road has appealed to the public to stop dumping their household rubbish at the site. It is alleged that residents have been taking their orange bags of refuse to the centre as the municipality has not been collecting them.

The recycling site is an initiative of the Keep Hillcrest Beautiful Association as a service to the community.

Keep Hillcrest Beautiful Association chairlady Marge Mitchell said that they receive many calls with regards to the orange bags, asking them where are the orange bags and there’s been no delivery of them.

“The Keep Hillcrest Beautiful Association is in no form or way involved in the Orange Bags initiative, which is purely an eThekwini municipality initiative,” she said.

Mitchell said that they are faced with the problem of the public bringing the orange bags to the recycling centre with things that they don’t take: “We are not a dumping site but a recycling centre. The public is now dumping it’s plastic bags here with things that are not recyclable,” said Mitchell.

A worker at the KHBA recycling centre, Vukani Cele, said that this issue is very challenging for them because they tell the people who are coming to the site that dumping rubbish is unacceptable but they carry on doing it.

“When we tell them they seem to understand but they still dump their rubbish there and that leaves us with lot of work to find transport to take the rubbish to the right dumping site,” he explained. “This is not a dumping site, and there are boards which clearly state that it’s a recycling centre, but still they ignore all of those things and dump the rubbish here.”

The chairlady therefore appeals to the public to not bring orange bags or plastic to the recycling centre as they cannot accept it, nor are they responsible for it.

“They are very sneaky now because they come after hours to drop the orange bags and, by doing that, they are putting us into jeopardy as we are an NPO and we live on donations,” she said.

She also added that they have witnessed people throwing their orange bags onto the pavement outside their recycling site when the staff refuses to accept the bags:“This does not help the situation in any way and we ask the public to rather place their plastic into black bags for normal refuse collection,” she said.

In conclusion, Mitchell pleaded with the public to stop bringing their rubbish to the centre as it is affecting them immensely. “We have cameras and we can pull up footage to see any persons car registration, then we’ll report them to the authorities,” she said.

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