Municipality to roll out second phase of its free door-to-door recycling collection services to four more towns
During the first week of September 2017, Saldanha Bay Municipality will be rolling out free weekly door-to-door recycling collection services to residents in Vredenburg, Paternoster, Jacobsbaai and Hopefield.
This follows last year’s successful launch of recycling collections to Langebaan where more than 2 000 residents are already participating and some 300 tons of recyclable materials have been diverted from landfill, creating 36 jobs to date. As further budget becomes available in 2018, St Helena Bay and Saldanha will come on stream next year.
The ‘WeCare - Recycle’ programme is part of the municipality’s commitment to improving service delivery to ratepayers, creating employment for the community and helping keep clean the West Coast, whose natural beauty brings thousands of tourists and visitors annually.
Free clear bags
Residents will be given a starter pack with educational information about how to participate as well as free clear bags for the first two weeks. There is no need to sort the different ‘dry’ items - all paper, plastics, glass, and tins go together into the clear bag. (Food scraps, wet and other waste goes as usual into the green bin.)
On the same day as refuse removal day each week, residents place their clear bag with recyclables on the pavement next to the refuse bin. The municipality’s recycling contractor Wastegro will pick up the bag of recyclables. A new clear bag will be left for the householder’s next week’s recyclables.
Bags are taken to the materials recycling facility at the Vredenburg landfill site. Here trained workers from the community sort the recyclables so they can be baled and transported to Cape Town for processing into new products again.
All residents of Vredenburg, Paternoster, Jacobsbaai and Hopefield are strongly encouraged to participate in the free, door-to-door collection of their recyclable materials which otherwise would go to waste in landfill. Businesses and restaurants are not included in the free weekly domestic recycling collection system. Businesses are encourages to make their own recycling arrangements with contractors of their choice, or to contact Wastegro on 082 3353 177.
For more information, contact: Saldanha Bay Municipality call centre: 022 701 7061. Alternatively, visit: www.sbm.gov.za.