Residents advised to dispose of recyclables with normal domestic waste

Amanzimtoti residents, frustrated at the erratic availability and collection of the orange refuse bags, are advised to dispose of recyclables with normal domestic waste. That is until October, when hopefully a newly-appointed contractor will start to supply new bags.

Residents have been left frustrated and in the dark for years on whether the bags will be delivered and collected by the contractor appointed by eThekwini Municipality. With collection erratic, often the bags are left on the side of the road indefinitely until monkeys tear them apart, and paper and plastic gets scattered around the neighbourhood. Local residents have shown they are keen to recycle but the project is difficult to support when you don’t know if the bags will be collected.

Ward 97 councillor, Andre Beetge said the city currently has no contract in place with a service provider for the exclusive collection of recycle bags. “The preferred service providers who were previously tasked with this responsibility failed against expectation, resulting in termination of contract. The city has, for the interim, engaged an alternative supplier to facilitate the exercise.”

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This interim contract is from the middle of September and will run for a period of six months, while the contract is being re-advertised. “Delivery of new bags is only expected in stores in October, where after distribution to households will commence. Durban Solid Waste management recommends that residents, for the interim and until new bags that meet requirements are received and distributed next month, dispose recyclables along with normal domestic waste,” said Cllr Beetge.


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