New fleet and revised collection schedule to eradicate backlogs. Residents of Emfuleni Local Municipality are advised to take out their waste bags weekly, as the municipality’s waste management services have officially resumed.
This is after months of intermittent refuse collection due to shortage of waste compactors, a situation which left residents frustrated.
The municipality has 15 waste compactors currently in service to deal with this challenge. This number includes own waste compactors and those hired from contractors. Workers and trucks from the municipality’s Environmental Management and Planning Department are hard at work across all 45 wards collecting household waste to eradicate backlogs.
Municipal Manager, Mr. Dithabe Nkoane has apologized to all residents for the inconvenience suffered in recent months. “Currently, all service delivery departments such as waste collection, electricity and roads are all fully operational,” he said.
In addition to household waste collection, the municipality has also dedicated 32 tipper trucks, 11 TLBs and two front end loaders to clearing dumping sites. These include 20 tipper trucks hired from local contractors. The municipality has also allocated 12 cherry pickers for electricity services and three tipper trucks, one front-end loader and two TLBs for roads and storm-water maintenance.
For a revised household waste collection schedule, residents are advised to visit the municipality’s website and social media platforms. The schedule will also be distributed to local media, libraries and other public spaces.
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By Wandisile Kunene