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CCID and Khulisa Long Street bin project making great strides

CCID and Khulisa Long Street bin project making great strides

12 Feb 2018 Tags: CCID Khulisa Social Solutions CCID Urban Management pilot bin project

The Cape Town Central City Improvement District’s (CCID) latest pilot bin project alongside Khulisa Social Solutions on Long Street is making great strides as services aimed at ensuring that the urban environment is clean and works at its best for all Central City stakeholders have been extended to cover more businesses in the area.

The pilot bin project – which provides work opportunities while enabling better management of the urban environment –  has been running since December 2017. It originally covered the Long Street stretch between Hout and Church streets, and a total of 15 buildings and 38 retailers were the initial participants. On 22 January, coverage was extended to include the block between Hout and Castle streets resulting in an additional 15 businesses participating.

Through the pilot bin project, participants (who come via Khulisa Social Solutions’ Streetscapes initiative) micro-manage the waste collection process in Long Street – the heart of the Central City’s entertainment district – helping to prevent litter ending up on the streets when people rummage through bins for recyclable materials in waste collections areas. This, in turn, ensures that the urban environment is clean for all Cape Town CBD stakeholders.

Says Richard Beesley, manager of CCID Urban Management: “The pilot bin project officially started on 4 December 2017 and will run until 2 March 2018. It has been well received and our CEO, Tasso Evangelinos, has indicated that, should it be deemed successful, the CCID will explore extending it further to cover Long Street all the way from Strand Street to Wale Street.” Since the project began, over 1 740 bins have been collected – about 60 bins are collected each day.

What makes the pilot bin project so unique is that not only does it create work opportunities for street people while at the same time combatting litter in the CBD, Khulisa Social Solutions also provides its participants with valuable social services. These include daily sessions with a counsellor, psycho-educational training, as well as assistance towards accessing health services and, hopefully, to ultimately move off the streets.

Images by Scott Arendse(CCID)