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City pilot bin project set to help keep the CBD clean

City pilot bin project set to help keep the CBD clean

21 August 2019

Efforts by CCID Urban Management to keep the CBD clean are receiving a boost with a pilot bin project by the City of Cape Town’s Solid Waste Management department.

This follows the Cleansing department in the Solid Waste Directorate identifying a need for a dual litter bin system for general waste and re-usable waste, says Xolani Kula, a professional officer from the City’s Solid Waste Management department,

He explains: “The pilot project is intended to evaluate the public’s response to a twin bin system and to measure, evaluate and monitor the need to replace the green litter bins with a more sustainable substitute.”

City Solid Waste Management is responsible for supplying basic waste management services to all residents, clearing illegal waste, conserving resources and the environment, reducing landfill waste and minimising the impact of waste on people’s health, well-being and the environment.

For the pilot - which began on 18 July 2019 - a sample of 10 twin bins has been placed in St Georges Mall and on Greenmarket Square in the Central City. The bins differ from the usual green bins as they are much bigger and sturdier, with two compartments: one for recyclables and the other for general waste. They will remain in these areas until 25 October 2019. Thereafter, an assessment will be made by Solid Waste Management on the way forward.


Richard Beesley, manager of CCID Urban Management, says his department welcomes this initiative by Solid Waste as it will go a long way in helping to keep the CBD clean and potentially alleviate mounting costs. “Another incredible thing about this initiative,” says Richard “is that waste is separated from the source as the bins have two compartments which is more efficient.”

CCID Urban Management sweeps and picks up, on average, 2 400kg of litter from the streets in town seven days a week at a cost of R30 000 per day, which amounts to nearly R11-million per year. This is in addition to the mass waste removal (through the emptying of black wheelie and green street-pole municipal bins) done by the CCID’s primary partner, the City of Cape Town.

The responsibility of a clean CBD starts with those who use it daily. Please make use of these bins and keep the CBD clean. It’s important to also note that the results that arise from this pilot will be used to the advantage of all stakeholders including those that fall within the CCID footprint in terms of improving cleaning services.

IMAGES: Scott Arendse, CCID Online Coordinator

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