GEORGE NEWS - Following seven frustrating months without a recycling contractor, a new service provider, LGE Waste, started with the collection of green and blue bags on Monday 1 March.
Acting Director of Community Services Allen Paulse said the municipality was relieved to make an appointment after the previous service provider Interwaste had closed its regional offices in George and ended its contract with the municipality in July last year.
"The municipality has been trying to provide the service in addition to its own schedule since September 2020, which we acknowledge has had mixed success due to factors such as unprotected strikes, diminished availability of staff due to Covid-19, limited overtime budget to address backlogs and increased workload associated with three types of bags instead of just black bags," said Paulse.
"We look forward to working with LGE Waste and believe that together we can work towards sustainable, integrated waste management for the entire municipal area."
The new service provider takes up the service as per the previous schedule and will be collecting green and blue bags from Monday 1 March from all areas that have a recent history of recycling.
These include most suburbs of George and incorporate more recent participating areas Ballotsview, Borcherds, Conville, New Dawn Park, Delville Park, Pacaltsdorp, Parkdene, Protea Park, Rosemoor and Sea View - as well as the outer areas of Wilderness, Kleinkrantz, Hoekwil, Victoria Bay and Herold's Bay.
Two green and two blue replacement bags will be issued to every household in the above-mentioned areas this coming week and thereafter to households in exchange for bags placed out.
Residents can put out four green bags and an unlimited number of blue bags together with up to seven black bags on their scheduled removal day. Blue and green bags will be collected on the same day as black bags, but by different vehicles.
Households or businesses that are actively recycling and require additional green or blue bags, can collect from George Municipality Environmental Services (044 802 2900) or LGE Waste (044 878 0688).
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