George Municipality wants to notify residents that, due to mechanical issues with a number of the municipal refuse vehicles, the collection of black bags will take longer than usual this week.
The trucks will follow their regular routes, and may return to some routes the next day to complete collection. Currently they are focusing predominantly on the collection of black bags.
The public is advised to leave their blue bags out for separate collection with a tipper truck.
This comes after an earlier announcement that the recycling programme is still being handled by the municipality. Municipal refuse trucks will collect blue and green bags on the same day as black bags, but not at the same time. A separate trip will be made for the collection of the blue bags.
"The municipality remains committed to waste reduction and recycling and acknowledges that the current system is not without flaws, but all attempts are being made to resolve issues as they arise," said municipal spokesperson Chantel Edwards-Klose.
The areas currently serviced by recycling include all suburbs of George, as well as the outer areas of Wilderness, Kleinkrantz, Hoekwil, Victoria Bay and Herold's Bay. Households may put out seven black, four green and an unlimited number of blue bags.
Additional tied bundles of branches are allowed if they are shorter than a metre and can be picked up by one person.
Households or businesses that are actively recycling and require additional green or blue bags, or have not received the two blue and two green replacement bags, can either phone 044 802 2900 with their address to report, or collect from the Department of Environmental Services offices at 82 Meade Street.
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