Residents roll up their sleeves

2017-05-31 06:02
Residents of Bluewater Bay recently took matters into their own hands as the refuse removal go-slow continues. Photo:SUPPLIED

Residents of Bluewater Bay recently took matters into their own hands as the refuse removal go-slow continues. Photo:SUPPLIED

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OWING to the go-slow in refuse collection, Port Elizabeth residents have started rolling up their sleeves and pitching in to keep their respective neighbourhoods clean.

The residents of Bluewater Bay came together last week to remove the community’s refuse after Ward 60 Councillor Mvuzo Mbelekane informed them of the current go-slow within the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s Waste Management department.

“It causes problems if the garbage is not collected on time. Poor people come looking for food and don’t close the bags and then the dogs start tearing into it. Plastic and other things often end up the ocean as a result,” said Jenny Rump, Environmental Officer at Zwartkops Conservancy.

Rump lives near Amsterdamhoek and, together with co-workers from Zwartkops Conservancy, she worked for more than an hour to collect and transport refuse to the tip.

“You need gloves because it is filthy work and it stinks. People often don’t help the situation either. We should all be doing our bit to maintain a healthy environment.”

Members of the Bluewater Bay Neighbourhood Watch I-Patrol also assisted in the emergency refuse removal.

In Framesby residents were also surprised to find their refuse removed on Thursday, despite the go-slow action. Local security services company Bradbury Protection Services (BPS) arranged trailers and removed all the garbage.

According to BPS, “Fighting crime is not just fighting crime, but also creating an environment that is not conducive to crime.”

These are not the only areas being affected. The whole of the Nelson Mandela Bay is currently experiencing the effects of the go-slow.

According to NMBM spokesperson Mthubanzi Mniki, normal refuse collection has been interrupted since last week due to labour-related issues.

“This interruption has led to the refuse collection schedule being delayed by one to two days. The municipality is currently working tirelessly to bring the situation to normal.”

According to Mniki, the metro has contingency plans in place to limit the impact of the interruption, but could not provide further details “as doing so will compromise the plan and put the lives of those involved at risk.”

Meanwhile, residents are urged to place their refuse bags outside during the day and take them back inside at night should the refuse truck fail to arrive.

“Those residents that can take their refuse to the nearest transfer stations are humbly requested to do so as this will assist in decreasing the backlog that currently exists.

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