GroundUp: Informal settlements need better rubbish collection

Reform of the system is necessary to 'keep Cape Town clean' By Emma Green for GROUNDUP.

15.5.2019

GroundUp: Informal settlements need better rubbish collection By GroundUp GroundUp_News

Reform of the system is necessary to 'keep Cape Town clean' By Emma Green for GROUNDUP.

But Site C residents said they are not given the two plastic rubbish bags to which they are entitled each week. Kagisho Mihi, the Head of Contract Management for the City of Cape Town’s Solid Waste Department, looked into this and asked contracted cleaners to photograph themselves delivering the plastic bags to the informal dwellings of Site C. The photographs revealed that in almost all cases, cleaners had to leave the bags outside locked homes rather than hand them directly to residents. As a result, some bags may be stolen when residents are not at home to receive them.

If the door-to-door collection service is to continue, residents should be provided with wheelie bins or structures outside their homes which protect their rubbish from rodents or dogs. Local communities should be consulted about an alternative way of distributing plastic bags, such as from the containers, community halls or shopping malls. Ideally, larger households would be allowed to collect more than two plastic bags.

Mihi explained that contractors are not responsible for cleaning rivers, wetlands or trenches. This is in line with the

A better way to keep rivers and wetlands clean would be to modify tender agreements so that contracted cleaners can be inoculated or provided with tools and protective gear so that they can remove litter, instead of depending on outside parties. Alternatively, a more centralised service should be created so that the efforts of the City of Cape Town’s Solid Waste Department can be better co-ordinated with those of these other departments.

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