Residents can now make use of the two newly opened multimillion rand dropoff centres in Mitchell’s Plain and Khayelitsha. The Swartklip and Faure sites were officially opened by the City of Cape Town last week.Residents of Blue Downs, Mfuleni, Hillcrest Heights are also expected to benefit from them. They are reportedly open to the public during office hours from Monday to Saturday. According to the City, these sites will accept general waste from homes, such as garage waste, clean garden waste, motor oil, cans and metal, paper, cardboard, glass bottles, plastic, eWaste, clean builders’ rubble, polystyrene and tetrapak. Residents can drop off an unlimited volume of recyclable waste.Domestic kitchen waste will not be accepted and should continue to be disposed of through the City’s residential waste removal service.Anda Ntsodo, Mayco member (North), encourages members of the public to make good use of the sites.He says: “I urge residents to make use of these conveniently located dropoff sites, not only for their large volumes of waste, such as building rubble and garden waste, but to make a great effort to collect as much recyclable material as possible and to drop this off at the Faure and Swartklip facilities. “Waste minimisation is vital to a sustainable future city as the city’s landfills are running out of space and should only be used for waste that cannot be reused or recycled.”Ntsodo says the City has invested over R11m in the new Faure dropoff facility and over R12m into the Swartklip dump. “In line with the City’s organisational development and transformation plan priority of sustainability, the City invests in dropoff facilities of this scale to assist in our efforts to minimise waste and manage it responsibly across the city. With buy-in from residents, this facility will reduce illegal dumping and littering and improve the environmental health of their communities as a result.” Ntsodo adds that City officials believe these facilities will cater to the large need for an established dropoff site closer to these communities in order to prevent and minimise illegal dumping which has been a major problem in these suburbs.