Joburg’s mandatory recycling not doing as well as planned

Mandatory separation at source started in the City of Johannesburg on 1 July with Pikitup distributing clear bags to different households every week.

Although the impact of this programme cannot yet be fully measured, the City says progress is being made.

MMC for Environment and Infrastructure Services, Nico de Jager, said he has seen a number of filled clear bags placed next to Pikitup bins every week, even though the preliminary figures do not look as good as expected.

Preliminary figures show70 tonnes of waste diverted in the first month in Midrand. With 48 000 households targeted, this is less than 50 per cent of the 200-tonne target.

The City is also aware of an issue residents are facing where some households do not receive the clear bags from Pikitup. But, De Jager said this should not stop them from recycling. “Residents can recycle using any bag, as long as it is clear.”

If recycling is not collect at residents’ homes, they can also take it to their nearest garden centre to recycle. And if residents’ recycling bags are being opened by informal recyclers, De Jager advises to only make one knot, making it easier for them to gain access and not having to tear the bag open.

MMC for Environment and Infrastructure Services, Nico de Jager, says preliminary figures do not look as good as expected.

Meanwhile, some informal recyclers that have agreements with complexes or estates to sort their waste, leave the Pikitup-issued bags for the contractors to collect. But this is mostly not the case, with thousands of informal recyclers who make their living from sorting waste. De Jager added that discussions about bettering circumstances for these recyclers are underway and certain solutions like local buy-back centres are being considered.

Share your thoughts by emailing our journalist on [email protected] editor on [email protected]

  AUTHOR
Chantelle Fourie

Latest News

COMMENTS

Top

Thanks for your referral. We have no doubt your friends will love our newsletter as much as you!

Don't forget to verify your email.

to our FREE newsletter
SUBSCRIBE to our FREE newsletter.




SELECT your titles:

Alex News
City Buzz
Fourways Review
Joburg East Express
Midrand Reporter
North Eastern Tribune
Northcliff Melville Times
Randburg Sun
Roodepoort Northsider
Rosebank Killarney Gazette
Sandton Chronicle


Get regular news updates sent directly to your inbox.

Your source of local breaking news and trending stories from across the country.

Be a part of our growing community

1MILFacebook Fans
98KTwitter Followers
5MILMonthly Readers
12MILArticles Published Every Month
72Local Community Websites
CLICK HERETo view an example of our newsletter

SUBSCRIBE to our FREE newsletter

SELECT your titles:

Alex News
City Buzz
Fourways Review
Joburg East Express
Midrand Reporter
North Eastern Tribune
Northcliff Melville Times
Randburg Sun
Roodepoort Northsider
Rosebank Killarney Gazette
Sandton Chronicle

Get regular news updates sent directly to you inbox.

Your source of local breaking news and trending stories from across the country.

Be a part of our growing community

Subscribe Here
1MILFacebook Fans
98KTwitter Followers
5MILMonthly Readers
12MILArticles Published Every Month
72Local Community Websites
Your details:


Your friends: