This week’s question was:
Where can residents collect the City’s issued clear bags for the purpose of recycling?
Ward 117 councillor, Tim Truluck answered:
Only a few suburbs are part of the Separation at Source scheme in Joburg and there are two schemes operating.
The first is at the Waterval depot serving areas such as Linden, Greenside, Victory Park and Melville.
They use clear bags which are often dropped off by Pikitup or you can buy them from supermarkets.
The Pikitup depot collects these bags themselves. Note that the Waterval depot was affected by the illegal job seeker protests, so recycling collections have been put on the back burner until normal collections have been normalised.
Residents can either keep their bags inside until collection of recycling starts again or they can take it to a Pikitup garden site.
Then, the new Blue Bag Separation at Source scheme was introduced in certain areas earlier this year.
In my ward, it is run in the Norwood depot collection area by a company called Dikala. The other depots that are part of this scheme are Lenasia and Midrand. They may use a different company to collect the bags.
Usually, they drop new bags at properties who put out blue recycling bags. But often houses are missed out.
If you haven’t received a bag, then you can collect a couple of free ones from Parkhurst Hardware.
Other wards may have similar arrangements with shops or residents associations in their ward. You can also purchase clear bags from a supermarket.
If you live outside of these areas I would recommend residents use a commercial collection service in their area – they usually cost about R70 a month.
These companies supply bags and you just put them out once a week for collection.
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