KNYSNA NEWS - Knysna Municipality distributed 7 000 wheelie bins to its residents and businesses, providing 11 unemployed people with temporary work of distributing the bins within Knysna’s northern areas.
Knysna Municipality Acting Municipal Manager Dr Louis Scheepers in a statement on Tuesday said this was part of the municipality’s wheelie-bin rollout.
“The restrictions imposed by the nationwide lockdown and subsequent alert levels definitely impacted the distribution process, but we are catching up on our projected distributions,” said Scheepers.
“A total of R29 000 was spent on labour between 21 July and 24 August. Thank you to Mpact Plastic Containers, the suppliers of the units, for your generosity in offering to pay for this temporary employment.”
Scheepers said the supply of wheelie bins to certain businesses and residential areas is in line with the municipality’s Integrated Waste Management bylaw (2014). “This bylaw clearly states that waste generators must store waste in the containers provided by us or our service provider, and that they must make use of the waste removal services we provide,” Scheepers said.
He added that residents and businesses will have to continue using black bags until they have received their wheelie bins. “As the bylaw also states that waste generators are obliged to pay tariffs and rates for waste removal services, this rollout forms part of the implementation of our Revenue Enhancement Strategy (RES).
“Each bin is equipped with a radio frequency identification (RIFD) tag linked to a specific erf number. This means billing will be reconciled with the actual number of removals from specific properties. All registered properties will be allocated a wheelie bin in time,” said Scheepers.
He said while it will ensure that services delivered are paid for, it also means that the town will be kept cleaner as pests will not be able to tear open bags and leave rubbish lying in the streets.
To enquire about your bin, or should you not have received one during rollout in your area, please call 044 302 6405.
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