The City of Cape Town are the leaders in the country when it comes to plastic recycling. That’s the word from the Sustainability Manager at Plastics SA, John Kieser. A dedicated Plastics SA clean-up team consisting of more than 100 workers employed from areas around Cape Town, once again worked tirelessly to ensure the race routes used for the recent 2018 Cape Town Cycle Tour and Mountain Bike Challenge were kept clean and litter-free.
Kieser says overall, Cape Town is doing much better than the rest of South Africa to recycle. He says the City has garden and refuse centres throughout the metro, which reduces up to 50% of the overall materials that end up on landfill. He says we also have the biggest waste recovery centre in the Southern Hemisphere, on the side of the N1 near Kraaifontein, which sorts recyclables from homes on the two bag system. Something to be on the lookout for next time you find yourself on that road, and something Capetonians can be very proud of.
Although recent demand for plastic bottles in the Western Cape has placed increased pressure on local recycling capacity in the province, schools, homes and other institutions have continued to recycle enthusiastically.
If you wish to review your own recycling or perhaps improve your efforts, there are various ways to do it.
City of Cape Town and a handful of private initiatives are making it easier and more accessible for both residents and businesses to get rid of their rubbish responsibly. So, if you’re keen to go green, but aren’t sure where to start, call the City of Cape Town’s Waste Wise call centre at +27 (0)860 103 089 to find out what can and can’t be recycled.
Eloise Pretorius – Weekdays 9am – 12pm Anchor, Smile 90.4FM