A carrot for composting

2016-03-29 06:00

Home recycling will become a part of the daily lives of many as the City of Cape Town wants to donate composting units to homeowners.

The project aims to keep as much household organic waste as possible from landfill sites and redirect it to home compost containers to fertilise the garden.

During a subcouncil 11 sitting at the Fezeka Chambers in Gugulethu, a presentation unveiled plans to have some of the 5000 units given to residents of Cape Town. Some 2000 residents in Heideveld and Manenberg could be eligible for a free unit.

This pilot project follows research carried out at over 600 homes in Heathfield, Edgemead, Bongweni and Scottsville in 2013 and 2014.

The project, which also included community centres in Kensington, Atlantis and Khayelitsha, showed a 91% participation rate. On average 17kg of household waste and 13kg of waste were diverted at community organisations every month.

The study found that almost all of the participants had previously thrown their organic waste in their wheelie bins, but after the study three-quarters of them were composting at home.

However, homeowners must apply and qualify for these free units:

. Home composting containers are for single residences only.

. Only the homeowner may apply.

. The property needs to have a secure garden area, which must have at least have 1m² of open grass and 30m² of greenery.

Anthony Moses, ward 44 councillor, urged the more than 2000 eligible homeowners in the area to apply for such composting units.

Moses also revealed that there are plans to extend the project to residents who live in council rental units in the future.

“It will be more than 2000 homes in my particular area.”

The project is expected to be launched and advertised next month.

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