Wheelie bins, erratic refuse collection frustrate residents

Wheelie bins are causing problems for residents. Photo: File image

Wendy Morgan, the Ward 36 councillor is at her wits end with regard to the wheelie bins implemented by the metro.

“The Germiston waste refuse removal saga continues,” she said.

“Since the inception of the wheelie bins in September, the Ekurhuleni waste department does not seem to have put a proper plan in place.

“The regular waste removal schedule is not being kept to.

“Residents are putting out their bins, those who have still not bothered to collect a bin put out black bags and then they have to bring them in again after 8pm as the truck has not been to collect and then they try again the next day.

“The danger of leaving your bin out overnight is that it will not be there in the morning.

“This is causing a boomerang effect as this then delays the next area’s collection schedule.”

Morgan added that residents are frustrated by the whole system and feel that it could be a more effective system if it was run efficiently.

“Where the bins are been used the streets are cleaner.

“Unfortunately, there are still too many residents who have not fetched a bin as yet and are dumping their black bags on the pavements.

“These bags are not going to be removed by the trucks.

“We are proud of the area we live in and want it to be clean,” said Morgan.

If you have not yet collected a wheelie bin, you can collect one from the metro’s waste department situated on the corner of Ostend and Jack Pienaar roads from Monday to Friday between 8.30am to 3.30pm.

Take a copy of your ID and a copy of your rates account with you.

If you are renting you will need a copy of the owner’s ID as well.

 

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Morgan added that the metro’s reasons for the delayed collection have been numerous from refuse trucks being stolen, broken down or staff delaying tactics to get overtime.

“I appeal to residents to start recycling by putting recycling materials in separate bags and then teach the recyclers there is nothing for recycling in the bins.

“For recycling paper and glass there are bins at Rest-a-While situated on the corner of Shamrock Road and Churchill Avenue in Primrose,” Morgan said.

“If neighbours can also help each other by taking in bins after the truck has collected the refuse to prevent the bins from been stolen it will also help solve the problem.”

Morgan said that the Primrose police are also trying to recover bins and will give them back to the waste department who will contact the rightful owners.

“Keep a record of your bin’s serial number and mark your bin with your house number and street name,” Morgan said.

For more information contact Morgan on 072 963 9675.

 

Decorate your bin and win

Primrose Sector One, Two and Three residents are invited to enter the Decorate your Wheelie Bin Challenge.

The theme to be painted on your bin must include your street name.

The aim is to bring the community together and make the bins prettier.

Prizes in each sector will be awarded.

The competition will close at the end of November.

For more information contact Andrew Boyley on 076 968 2236.

 

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