Durbanites urged to continue recycling

While the eThekwini Municipality has been experiencing a slight interruption to the supply of orange recycling bags, over 75 percent of households remain unaffected and are receiving their bags on time.

eThekwini Municipality’s head of communications, Tozi Mthethwa, said households affected by the interruption to supply are encouraged to use clear plastic bags provided by the city to recycle in the interim.

“Residents are requested to place plastic, cardboard and paper in one clear bag and glass and cans in a separate clear bag. Residents are also urged to contact Durban Solid Waste (DSW) and let them know if they would like to receive the clear bags. They will have to supply their address and will be notified when the clear bags will be delivered to them. Orange bag delivery and distribution has been disrupted due to a shortage of bags, caused by issues with the current supplier. The issue is being addressed by DSW management. Due to these challenges, DSW would like to request all residents to use clear bags in the interim for all recyclables,” she said.

The orange bag distribution has been disrupted for a few months, due to the increase in volumes of bags, however, it is expected to resume to its original supply and distribution shortly after the issue has been resolved.

“As much as supply has been disrupted, almost 75 percent of eThekwini households are still receiving their orange bags. The eThekwini Municipality appreciates residents’ participation and partnership in this project and looks forward to their continued support,” added Mthethwa.

Residents who may not be receiving their orange bags can contact the DSW Helpline on 031 303-1665, 031322-7080 or 031 311-8804. An email can also be sent to kdbarec@durban.gov.za

DSW education officers will take down their details and arrange for delivery of the clear bags if the orange bags are unavailable. Residents can also call or email the above numbers if they have any comments or questions about DSW’s recycling programme.

 

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