Don’t litter, recyle waste City urges
By Tabisa Mntengwana
26 March 2010
RESIDENTS of Scenery Park are encouraged to keep their streets, parks and residential areas clean at all times.
This was the message coming out of the Scenery Park clean-up campaign at its Uviwe Secondary School on Tuesday, 23 March.
The event was organised by the City’s environmental services and environmental health units, department of economic development and environmental affairs, East London Industrial Development Zone, the community of Scenery Park, Amatole District Municipality and the Institute of Waste Management of South Africa.
With the theme “Don’t litter, pick it up, protect your city”, various speakers gave tips and advice on waste management, and the portfolio head of community services, Sithembiso Tyilo, said: “We as a community need to keep our streets clean so that when we have outside visitors to our city they will see a cleaner city.”
It was important, he stressed, to respect the environment by keeping gardens and yards free of litter.
According to the waste management turnaround strategy, the City uses the black bag refuse system and encourages residents to make good use of these bags, which are delivered and supplied free of charge.
Speaking to the Scenery Park community, a representative from the department of economic development and environmental affairs, Mziyanda Mkhosana, said: “It is important for residents to clean and use recyclable material and recycle their own waste.”
They needed to separate their waste with plastics in their own bag, paper and cardboard in another bag, and bottles to have their own separate bags.
In its waste turnaround strategy, the municipality encourages its residents to use this three bags or bin system. “If bins are used one of each would be for glass, cardboard and the third for general waste,” reads the strategy.
Mkhosana added: “The department, together with its waste stakeholders, is busy eliminating illegal dumping sites and encouraging residents to make a living out of waste.”
Some people collected cardboard, bottles, cans and paper and sold these to relevant companies. The day ended with a clean-up of Scenery Park.