PIKITUP, the City of Joburg’s waste management entity, has today marked the launch of its festive season campaign which is aimed at raising awareness and educating Johannesburg residents on waste management practices that encourages cleanliness during the festive season.
“The city generates approximately 6,000 tonnes of waste on a daily basis, and this culminates into 1.56 million tonnes of waste generated annually. Periods of heightened economic activity and consumerism, such as the oncoming December holidays, usually increase the daily waste quantities and it is for this reason that we have embarked on this waste management education and awareness campaign this festive season to buoy up responsible waste management practices”, Ms Amanda Nair, PIKITUP Managing Director explains.
Holidays’ season waste that is not responsibly managed usually manifests in illegal dumping, overloading of bins and the degradation of open spaces and all of this can lead to health hazards that stems from the resultant birth of rats and flies. Pikitup encourages residents to minimise waste generation during this time, and to practice the three Rs: Reduce Reuse Recycle.
“We have found that in most cases, despite the increased daily waste, the cause of the festive season waste challenges is usually associated with residents’ levels of awareness of basic things such as the PIKITUP refuse collection schedule during the festive season and December Holidays. In addition, it is an important reminder that 60% of us throw away food because it has reached its expiry date when we could have actually given to someone in need prior to the use by date had we planned well. As a result, throwing away the food is not the only option available to us. Also, let’s introduce ourselves to the practice of buying according to what we need at any given time”. Says Ms Nair.
Pikitup’s waste services (household refuse collection, recyclables, garden sites, bulk, dailies and landfill sites) will be in full swing during the festive holidays, including public holidays (16th December 2015 and 1st January 2016) in the inner and outer City, except on the 25th December 2015.
Residents whose waste collection falls on Christmas day are requested to keep their bins in until Friday, 01 January 2016). See below the schedule:
PIKITUP also encourages the city residents to also familiarise themselves with their local charity networks so that unwanted items such as furniture and clothing that have been replaced with festive season purchases can be donated for good causes instead of being thrown away.
“Residents are really urged to familiarise themselves with these responsible waste management practices over the festive season, especially the need to shop according to our needs in order to curb unnecessary wastage during these trying economic conditions. We should think twice before we spend particularly if we are going to throw most of that away.” Ms Nair concludes.
It is the responsibility of each and every resident to ensure that waste is managed responsibly over the festive season.
ISSUED BY PIKITUP, THE CITY OF JOBURG’S WASTE MANAGEMENT ENTITY