From this coming Sunday 1 July, Johannesburg residents will be required to separate their waste prior to collection.
It follows a trial period in Norwood, Lenasia and Midrand and while it's being rolled out across the city from Sunday, it is in those areas that the initiative becomes mandatory.
Nico de Jager is the City of Johannesburg’s MMC for Environmental Affairs, he explains why it's so vital the initiative is implemented now.
We are running out of land fill space, we have only six years of land fill space left, so this is something that we need to roll out and we need to take very seriously.— Nico de Jager, City of Johannesburg’s MMC for Environmental Affairs
De Jager explains how the new system will work.
We are not providing any additional bins, that would be very costly. We are going to provide [colour coded] bags. So any plastic containers, things like milk containers, household detergents and then paper -newspapers, bills, and magazines. Also glass and metal, which is things like your cool drink tins etc.— Nico de Jager, City of Johannesburg’s MMC for Environmental Affairs
The City hopes to have 13kg of recyclable materials per household every month.
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