GEORGE NEWS - The George Municipality is addressing the backlog in the collection of blue and green backs. The municipality said in a statement today, 26 January, that additional trucks will assist this week, 25 to 29 January, to help catch up with the backlog as this service continues inhouse with the help of temporarily reallocated staff.
Distribution of blue and green replacement bags will also recommence this week.
A few black, green and blue bags from yesterday (Monday) could not be collected in time and will be picked up today.
Refuse collection for this week continues as usual, with priority given to black bags, but the municipality is making every effort to catch up with the blue and green backlog. Residents are asked to ensure that their bags are out on the curb by 07:00.
Residents who still have blue or green bags out from last week, are asked please take them in and put out with their next scheduled refuse collection day.
George Acting Director Community Services Allen Paulse asked residents who no longer have green and blue bags to tag black bags with green and blue string, stickers or papers this week and then start using their replacement bags from next week.
“We thank people who had continued to separate their waste into garden waste and recycling, albeit in black bags. We have been making an effort to separate those where it could be easily distinguished – workers have been leaving such bags behind for the blue and green trucks to pick up and the latter then picked up everything that was left behind to recycle and compost as much of the loads as possible,” said Paulse.
“In the meantime the tender process for the appointment of a service provider for the collection and replacement of blue and green bags is underway and we hope to make an appointment soon. We thank the many households that have continued to participate in the recycling and composting projects, for buying their own bags, and for wanting to reduce waste with us.”
The municipality apologises for the current frustrations associated with refuse collection and remains committed to waste reduction.
* Two green and two blue bags will be dropped off per household in participating neighbourhoods on the usual refuse collection days.
* Black bags continue to be distributed once a quarter, with the next pack of 26 black bags to be delivered towards the end of March.
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