Drop-off site coming soon

2019-06-11 06:00

Construction of a multi-million rand Parkwood Drop-off site is expected to start soon.

The project has been in the pipeline since 2013 and is currently in the tender evaluation stage.

Depending on the progress of this stage, the acting Mayco member for water and waste, JP Smith, says they hope to start before the end of the year.

“Should we experience delays this may move to early in 2020,” he says.

It will be an 18-month long project and would create jobs for locals during the construction phase and upon completion once the facility is operational.

Explaining the delay, he says after long processes, the City of Cape Town is confident about the necessity to rezone a portion of the open space along Princess Drive for this development in order to minimise the waste going to landfill sites in the area.

“This is a key aspect of efforts necessary to make Cape Town a truly sustainable city. If everyone were to pull together in making an effort in this regard, we could reduce these volumes even more,” says Smith.

He says upon the completion of the project the City will have the responsibility to educate locals about recycling and separating waste.

Smith says they will also be advising on the removal of usable material deposited at the builder’s rubble bins. These would include bricks, blocks, retainer blocks and cement gullies, among other things, that can be removed for a recycler to sell to drop-off users.“For instance, garden waste is placed in one section where it is chipped and removed from site for further processing, assessing the waste and dry mix waste bins,” says Smith.

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