Waste woes curbed

2018-09-25 06:01
The team that operates the drop-off site, from left: John Britton, Shane Jones, Siraj Mohammed, Jacqueline Alfos and Moses Mosebi. PHOTO: luvuyo mjekula

The team that operates the drop-off site, from left: John Britton, Shane Jones, Siraj Mohammed, Jacqueline Alfos and Moses Mosebi. PHOTO: luvuyo mjekula

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Kensington residents have welcomed the new R2m drop-off facility and hope it will help limit the dumping problems that plague the neighbourhood.

Local resident, Bradley Johns, was the first one to use the facility minutes after it was officially opened on Wednesday 19 September. He says it is “fantastic”. “It’s a relief because now I don’t have to travel so far to get rid of refuse and builder’s rubble and so on. Today I brought some personal stuff – I cut the lawn and had about nine bags of grass, I needed to get rid of the old lawn.”

He would have had to travel to Pinelands or another area to get rid of the waste, he says.

The site, at the corner of 13th Avenue and Dapper Road, was officially opened by ward councillor Helen Jacobs, City of Cape Town collections manager Trevor Carroll and executive director for informal settlements, water and waste services and energy, Dr Gisela Kaiser. It was open for operation immediately after the launch.

Leslie John Swartz, task coordinator of Kenfac Ratepayers’ Illegal Dumping Committee, says the site is the result of efforts dating back to 2011 when local residents decided to do something about their waste problems.

Swartz says local residents established a committee in 2012, had monthly meetings and through the engagement were able to determine the causes of the waste woes. “One of the single biggest challenges we were faced with was that the amount of waste people were generating, they had no legal recourse to unwanted rubble. Because our community is not an affluent community many people could not afford to get rid of it and they needed the legitimate recourse. This is what sparked off the solution in 2013, up until today,” says Swartz.

He admits the site will not solve all the dumping problems, but says he is “more than convinced the facility will make an enormous improvement”.

The City’s Trevor Carroll says the facility cost about R2.5m but that some of the facilities are recycled. “We try to live by the standard we set – we say to people recycle and reuse and we in the City are also recycling and reusing,” says Carroll.

Local residents are welcoming of the facility­.

Barbara Williams, who runs a crèche in the area, says: “I’m very grateful for the opportunity to have this facility that people must not dump their rubbish because children and people get sick."

Neighbour Yusuf Isaacs says he is happy that people now have a proper place to dispose of their rubbish. He says he will be able to get rid of a pile of rubbish he has stored at his place and promises to spread the word about the new facility.

A young resident called on fellow residents to keep Kensington safe and clean.

The site’s operational manager, Siraj Mohammed, explains that the facility is for residential use. He says residents will be able to use it to dispose of clean builder’s rubble, clean garden waste, garage waste and recyclable materials.

Mohammed says it will operate on a container-based system, whereby the service provider will place containers and service them. There are strict rules, says Mohammed. “No hazardous waste. Your waste needs to be separated as we have separate containers for specific waste types.”

He says residents can drop up to three loads, each not exceeding 1.5 tons of builder’s rubble, clean garden waste, or garage waste at the facility daily. There is no limit on the number of loads of clean recyclables accepted at the facility, it was stated at the launch.

Operating times: Monday to Friday: 08:00 to 18:00 during summer (1 September to 30 April); Monday to Friday: 08:00 to 17:45 during winter (1 May to 31 August); Saturdays and public holidays (all year round): 08:00 to 17:00 and Sundays (all year round): 09:00 to 13:00.

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