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