PIKITUP, the City of Johannesburg’s Waste Management Company has employed an additional 1085 workers to ensure that the city is clean during the festive period.
The City generates approximately 6 000 tonnes of waste on a daily basis and this culminates into 1.56 million tonnes of waste annually. The festive season is a period of heightened economic activity and as such, the December holidays increase the daily waste quantities. It is for this reason that Pikitup has employed more workers to assist with the expected huge volumes of waste generated during this period.
Over and above the additional workers deployed to ensure the city is clean, Pikitup workers will be working during the festive season. .
Pikitup encourages residents to dispose of waste in a responsible manner to assist the City in reducing illegal dumping, the overloading of bins and the degradation of open spaces.
The festive waste that is not responsibly managed usually manifests in illegal dumping which leads to health hazards that stem from rats and flies infestation.
It is against this background that Pikitup encourages residents to minimise waste generation, particularly during this time and to practice the three Rs: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
Residents whose waste collection falls on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day are requested to take out their bins on 26 December 2016 and 2 January 2017, respectively. See the below schedule:
Pikitup also encourages city residents to familiarise themselves with their local charity networks so that unwanted items such as furniture and clothing that have been replaced with the festive season purchases can be donated for good causes instead of being thrown away.
Pikitup appeals to residents to refrain from giving Christmas presents to its employees because in the past non Pikitup employees used the opportunity to demand presents from residents.