St Francis Bay rubbish disposal system is old, outdated, messy and unhygienic

Reader Sandra Hansen highlights garbage disposal in St Francis. Maybe St Francis being a coastal town is possibly more subjected to heavy winds than our neighbouring Kouga towns so maybe council should consider distributing Wheelies here sooner rather than later. The ocean is but a gentle breeze away and we need to do all we can to ensure plastic waste is not being blown onto the beach and ocean beyond from these ruptured black bags.

“When St Francis was a small village, we would put the black plastic bag on the side walk to be taken away by Council’s cleaning system. Dogs used to tear the bags apart and make a mess. Then someone came up with the idea of the high wood structures to get the bags off the ground. Now monkeys and cats are tearing the bags apart.   

I went to see our Counsellor, Ben Rheeder about this problem and was told that Council has bought Wheely bins to the value of two million rand but they are not intended for us  and Council does not know when there will be budget to give us bins.  Considering that the ‘black roofed houses’ are paying the extra levy, I find this unacceptable. The improvements that are happening in St Francis Bay are being paid for by the extra levy but we have to put up with this dirty messy waste disposal system.

Furthermore we are only entitled to 2 plastic bag removals per home. In order to get more bags removed we have to bribe the waste removal people !!!!

What sort of system is this ??  A very bad one in my opinion.

We are having to resort to corruption just to get our waste removed !!!

A cat in the old harbour area had a litter of kittens. Someone in the area feed the kittens and ongoing feed the wild cats. These cats have chased all the beautiful indigenous birds from our gardens as well as the nature reserve. They tear our black bags apart on a daily basis, even if we leave them in our own yards and they set off our burglar alarms. Can someone please get rid of these cats and can the person that is feeding them please stop. You are causing havoc to our lovely indigenous birds and animals and giving us sleepless nights from false alarms”.  

Sandra Hansen

Wheelie bins rolled out to Hankey and Patensie

In a move set to change the face of refuse collection Kouga Municipality has started distributing wheelie bins to households for free.

Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said the first 3 600 wheelie bins were being distributed to homes at Hankey and Patensie last week, with procurement for a further 2 000  in the current financial year underway.

Community members from Hankey joined Kouga Mayor Horatio Hendricks (third left) and his team on Saturday for the launch of the wheelie bin roll-out.

“Our aim is to replace black bags with wheelie bins across the region over the next five years,” he said.

“The advantages are numerous. Not only will it help us cut down on plastic waste, it will also boost efforts by the municipality and communities to keep Kouga clean.”

Community Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson said wheelie bins had proven to be a far more hygienic and safer way of storing and collecting refuse.

“One of the big challenges our refuse crews face on a daily basis is the tearing open of black bags by rats, stray dogs and goats. The wheelie bins will help to minimise this and enable a cleaner and healthier environment for our residents,” Benson said.

“The bins will also help to reduce injuries to our refuse collectors. The black bags often break when loaded into the compactor trucks and staff can then be injured by sharp items or broken glass.”

The Mayor said the bins were being delivered directly to households at Hankey and Patensie this week.

“Each bin has a unique serial number and the home-owner must sign for it on receipt. We do, however, encourage residents to paint their street number on the bin as well, so that it is easy identifiable.”

Hendricks said the bins would be emptied on the same day as refuse collection is currently done.

“We will be emptying the wheelie bins at Hankey and Patensie for the first time on 8 May.

“Residents are asked to ensure that their bins are on the pavement by 7:30am on the day and then to return them to their properties as quickly as is possible once they’ve been emptied. ”

He cautioned that only refuse in the bin would be collected and that households should take care not to place heavy items in the bins, making it impossible to move or lift them.

“There are guidelines as to what residents may and may not dispose of in the wheelie bins. Flyers in English, Afrikaans and isiXhosa are being distributed along with the bins to guide residents on their use.” 

Press Release Kouga Municipality