Please help us to save trees, water and energy, and ensure a better future for all – by supporting the Mossel Bay Municipality’s waste recycling initiatives.
This is the Municipality’s appeal to all residents of Mossel Bay. According to the Municipality blue bags for waste recycling are already distributed in 28 residential areas. In 2011 the programme will be extended to six more areas, namely Asla Park, KwaNonqaba, Joe Slovo, Extension 22, Sonskynvallei and Herbertsdale.
The Municipality says that just 12 per cent of household waste is recycled in South Africa at present although 60 per cent of all household waste is recyclable. Apart from job creation and alleviating the pressure on costly municipal landfill sites, recycling also has many environmental benefits.
For every ton of paper that is recycled, seventeen trees are saved. Forty less energy and thirty per cent less water is also needed to convert waste paper to useful paper again.
The Municipality says that recyclable material such as carton and paper, plastic, cans and metal and glass bottles and jars can be placed in the blue bags. The blue bags must be put out on the same day as the normal refuse bags but will be collected by the recycling contractor. The contractor will then replace the bag that is collected with a new bag.
However, not all waste is suitable for recycling.
Only paper such as photocopier and computer printer paper, writing paper and envelopes, magazines, newspapers and pamphlets should be placed in the bags. Carton boxes, carton display material, plastic packaging material, clean plastic shopping bags as well as cool drink and plastic milk containers are recyclable. All beverage cans and canned food tins as well as bottles and jars can be placed in the blue bags as well.
Items that are not suitable for recycling are any wet, dirty or bad smelling materials, disposable nappies, chemically treated paper, self adhesive paper, packaging material for ice-cream, sweets, biscuits and potato chips.
Used paper towels and serviettes, wax paper, plastic coated paper, tin foil, polystyrene containers, cellophane, dog food bags, potato bags, wax-coated boxes, window glass, globes, neon tubes, ceramic ware and pottery should also not be placed in the blue bags.
Collection bins for cans and bottles have also been placed at sixteen locations, including beaches and shopping centres, right through the municipal area.
In addition, the Municipality has decided to do lead by example and has placed special containers at convenient positions in municipal buildings for the collection of waste paper. As can be expected a considerable amount of waste paper is generated by an organisation such as a municipality.
Enquiries about the recycling programme and how to participate can be made to the waste management and pollution control department at telephone (044) 606-5143.