Waste Minimisation Initiatives
- Through the Separation at Source household recycling programme, Pikitup provides residents in selected S@S serviced areas with recycling bags on a weekly basis. The bags are collected on a weekly basis. For areas not serviced through S@S, recyclables can be dropped off at our Pikitup Garden Sites, found across the city. We work with co-operatives and small enterprises to collect, and sort the recyclable waste collected from households and businesses. These initiatives create additional jobs, businesses and income for the unemployed residents within the City. You can play your part by making sure that recyclable materials (paper, plastic, cans, bottles and electronic waste) are kept aside and disposed of separately in allocated bins in public places, shopping outlets and Pikitup garden sites. To see what material can be recycled, please click on our Resources tab.
Waste to Gas
- The City of Johannesburg generates close to 6000 tonnes of waste per day which has detrimental effects on the environment. Pikitup has introduced the Waste to Gas initiative to extract gas from waste generated by the people of Joburg to produce electricity as an alternate source of energy. Landfill gas is mainly made up of methane, carbon dioxide and oxygen, of which methane is the most harmful on the ozone layer. The landfill gas-to-energy projects minimise environmental damaged by reducingmmethane emissions. Producing energy from our landfill sites will alleviate pressure on the national grid.
Bulky Waste Service
- In 2015 we launched the new Bulky Waste Service to remove bulky household waste once a month, free of charge. The aim of this service is to divert recyclable waste away from our landfill sites to allow the landfill sites an extended lifespan. Residents who want to dispose bulky waste from their households such as old mattresses, furniture and appliances are urged to contact their nearest Pikitup depots or use the nearest garden sites in their proximity.