‘Don’t invite bin miners’

2015-11-03 06:00

Garbage mining has now become a cause for concern in Rondebosch and surrounding areas.

Residents who find it convenient to put their wheelie bins outside the night before refuse collection day entice garbage miners to come and scrap through the bins.

The Rondebosch Community Improvement District (RCID) is making a plea to residents to act responsibly by not putting household refuse out at any time other than on the morning of collection day.

Residents are also urged to not pile extra garbage next to the wheelie bins, as that attracts more people and makes the street dirty.

Garbage mining by people who come into the area in large numbers searching for recyclable materials significantly adds to the litter problem, not to mention being a threat to security in the area, the RCID claims.

Shirley Aldum, RCID manager, says garbage mining makes the place untidy and puts properties at risk. She is appealing to residents not to put out their bins at night or hours before they are collected.

“Garbage miners scrap through the bins, removing everything. Papers are left flying and they are messing up the street. As long as garbage bins provide a source of income to miners, it complicates efforts to deal with homeless people and theft out of cars. Petty thieving, like stealing outside lights, brass numbers and post boxes, will continue, often leading to more serious criminal activity in the area,” she says.

Apart from the problem of garbage mining Aldum adds that a bin can be used as a ladder.

“It’s not safe to leave your bin outside for long. It can be used as a ladder and the miners jump to people’s properties and steal. We should all act responsibly and not invite people to the area. This is something that we can avoid, so we have to work together to make the area clean and to avoid petty stealing,” she says.

Aldum is urging residents not to pile recyclable refuse next to the bins but to rather use schools with recycling programmes.

“In this area we are very fortunate that practically every school has a recycling programme that directly benefits NGOs or the school itself.”

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