GEORGE NEWS - The George Municipality's new recyclables refuse removal contract will address the bigger picture of waste reduction and recycling, and entails more than just distribution and collection of blue bags.
After a frustrating eight months without a recycling contractor, George municipal manager Trevor Botha confirmed the appointment of Greens Scrap Recycling, operating as Interwaste, who will start tomorrow, 1 February. "After frustrating delays that were not entirely in our control, we are relieved to finally have made an appointment. The municipality remains committed to waste reduction and recycling, and believes that its efforts will not only regain momentum but exceed current waste reduction figures," said Botha.
The George Municipality introduced a two-bag refuse collection system in 2008, distributing and collecting blue bags for recycling in addition to black refuse bags. The service was temporarily hampered at the end of the previous contract on 31 May 2018. Blue bags could no longer be provided and in the interim the municipality incorporated the collection of recyclables into its normal refuse collection schedule, separating it at the waste transfer station. The tender process commenced in the new 2018/19 financial year and experienced several unforeseen delays, before eventual appointment last week.
The bigger picture
Botha said the municipality wanted the new contract to address the bigger picture of waste reduction. "We worked into the scope of our tender the provision of green bags for garden waste, waste management awareness campaigns and the extension of the contract into neighbourhoods that were not actively recycling in the past. There is also a B-BBEE business development component in which two sub-contractors will be developed and trained in waste management and recycling over the three-year contract period."
The contract kicks off with the delivery of two green bags and two blue bags to households on their normal refuse removal days next week, 4 - 8 February. Collection of green and blue bags will start on Monday 11 February and will be done in neighbourhoods on the same day as the black bag refuse removal. Municipal trucks will collect the black bags, while blue and green bags will be collected by Interwaste in different trucks on the same day. The separate collection of blue and green bags can be before or after the black bag collection, and can be hours apart.
Every week on the same day as collection, Interwaste will replace each collected full bag, blue or green, with another of the same colour at the same time as they collect the full bag.
In addition, Interwaste will drop off two green bags and two blue bags to non-participating households every quarter to encourage them to participate in waste reduction efforts.
The project has two phases: Phase One involves distribution to and collection from the nearly 17 000 households in 48 neighbourhoods in the municipal area that has a history of recycling. These include most suburbs of George as well as the outer areas of Wilderness, Kleinkrantz, Hoekwil, Victoria Bay, Herold's Bay, Delville Park, Haarlem and Uniondale.
Phase Two will commence following an extensive awareness campaign of at least six months in areas that are currently not recycling. These include nearly 21 000 households in Ballotsview, Borcherds, Conville, Lawaaikamp, New Dawn Park, Pacaltsdorp, Parkdene, Protea Park, Rosemoor, Sea View and Thembalethu. Roll-out of Phase Two will be announced well in advance.
Colour codes for trash
Households can put out seven bags per week, in any combination of green, blue and black. Additional tied bundles of branches are allowed if they are shorter than a metre in length and can be picked up by one person.
Households or businesses that are actively recycling and require additional green or blue bags, can collect from the Interwaste premises at 10 Extension Road, Pacaltsdorp Industrial Area.
• Blue bags are for all non-soiled recyclable materials, including plastic, paper, cardboard, glass etc.
• Green bags are for green waste, including organic kitchen waste such as fruit and vegetable peels, as well as garden waste, including grass cuttings, leaves etc. No soil is allowed in the green bags.
• Black bags are for "wet" waste, things that cannot be recycled.
- All refuse bags must be put out by 07:00 on removal day.
- Please don't put bags out the day or night before removal.
- Please wrap broken glass in newspaper before placing in bags to prevent injuries to workers.
- A pack of 26 black bags are distributed to households quarterly.
Green and blue bags:
- Physical address: 10 Extension Road, Pacaltsdorp Industrial Area. Phone: 044 878 0688
- George Municipality Environmental Services
- Physical address: 82 Meade Street, George. Phone 044 802 2900
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