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Electricity044 501 3277
Water and Sanitation044 501 3121
Fire / Rescue044 533 5000
Refuse Removal044 501 3216
Ambulance (Private)072 054 9110
Law Enforcement044 501 3240
Ambulance 10177
Bitou Municipality (Customer Care)044 501 3174/5
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Electricity 044 501 3277
Water and Sanitation 044 501 3121
Fire / Rescue 044 533 5000
Refuse Removal 044 501 3216
Ambulance (Private) 072 054 9110
Law Enforcement 044 501 3240
Ambulance 10177
Bitou Municipality (Customer Care) 044 501 3174/5

Waste Management

Overview

Provision of basic services: cleaning, collection and waste disposal. In terms of Schedule 5B of the Constitution of South Africa (Act 108 of 1996), waste management is a local government competence that must be executed to protect human and environmental health (Constitution, S.24). The statutory obligation of local government is framed by the Local Government Municipal Systems Act (Act No. 32 of 2000), or MSA.

The Council recognizes that waste generation occurs either through processes where people, business or industrial entities are involved and are able to control the outcome, or when disasters, accidents, or natural processes produce waste.

1. Domestic Refuse Collection and Transportation

2. Landfill Site

3. Reduce, Re-use and Recycle / Awareness Creation (Recycling)

4. Garden Refuse

Bitou Integrated Waste Management Plan

1. Domestic Refuse Collection and Transportation

  • The collection of household refuse – or the lack thereof  - is one of the most powerful visual benchmarks by which a municipality’s service can be assessed.
  • Bitou Municipality currently uses a split bag system for separation at source. Household, put a black bag at kerb side on the day of domestic refuse collection, and a yellow bag of recyclable material the day after normal collections.
  • Currently all areas are receiving collection once a week and during peak season (Dec/Jan) the Municipality is rendering double collections due to the influx of visitors.
  • During these periods (Dec/Jan) the Waste Management Section doubles in staff and creates additional job opportunities. Staff work shifts till 8pm to cope with collection demand.

2. Landfill Site

Disposal of Municipal solid waste in Plettenberg Bay is practiced at the Robberg Landfill site in accordance with all the relevant legislation.

  • The existing site which is currently in use has reached its capacity in terms of the volume (life span).
  • Domestic Waste is being transported to PetroSA  (Regional Landfill Site) in Mossel Bay as feasibility studies indicated that there is no alternative disposal facility in the area.
  • A Temporary Transfer Station was constructed on the landfill site.

3. Reduce, Re-use and Recycle / Awareness Creation (Recycling)

  • Plett Recycling has been appointed to collect and sort recyclable material collected at kerb side. Appointed on conditions off
  • (1) Create local jobs
  • (2) Need to reach certain targets of collections per month
  • (3) sort out all complaints within a 24hr period

Municipality will need to intensify recycling initiatives to minimize the amount of waste being transported.

Landfill Site Information

Recycling Contractor:

Mr. Robert Scholtz
072 385 6439

4. Garden Refuse / Builders Rubble / Illegal Dumping

  • Drop-off facilities for garden refuse and builders rubble have been identified in all areas and is currently being dealt with in terms of Waste Management Regulations.
  • These sites will only be used as drop-off facilities as part of the ROD for the Refuse Transfer Station. Composting will be done on site.
  • Illegal dumping is one of the most common problems within our Municipal area. People have the tendency of dumping on every corner although a collection service is being provided.
  • The Municipality is currently making use of community-based contractors to clean previously disadvantaged areas.
  • Download the Bitou Municipality waste management notice leaflet

See our Newsletter

For any queries related to refuse removal, please contact:

TEL:      044 501 3240
FAX:      044 533 3485

DISPOSAL GUIDELINES

FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC

WASTE CATEGORY DISPOSAL GUIDELINE APPROVED DISPOSAL FACILITY
Garden Waste

(Organic waste from landscaping activities such as soil, grass cuttings, leaves, branches, etc.)

Garden refuse may be collected by Council on request for a fee OR use your local garden services.

Create your own compost

All garden waste can be disposed at the Plettenberg Bay landfill site (in closure process) till further notice
Electronic Waste / E – Waste

(electronic waste such as old cell phones, computers, printers,

white goods – fridges, brown goods – radios and TVs)

Means the hazardous portion of waste from electrical and electronic equipment.

Inappropriately landfilled electronic waste cause human health and environmental concerns due to the hazardous elements and compounds that are found in the manufacturing of the products such as lead, arsenic, mercury, cadmium etc.

 

Do not illegally dump electronic waste!!!!!!!

E-Waste can be disposed of in the following way:
  • Resell
  • Re-use
  • Recondition – upgrade
  • Recycle  - material value
  • Taken to a Council drop-off facility (container available at the Waste Transfer Station)
Batteries

Wet cell batteries – lead batteries used in cars

Dry Cell batteries(household waste) – non – rechargeable and rechargeable batteries used in flashlights, video cameras etc.

Used batteries should be stored in a sealed container in your garage until you plan a trip to dispose of safely.

Corroded batteries that are illegally dumped release hazardous material into the soil, surface water and ground water.

Consult the neatest Battery Centre for returning used batteries.

 

Pick n Pay accepts household batteries for disposal and recycling.

Building and Demolition Waste

Waste, excluding hazardous, produced the construction, alteration , repair or demolition of any structure, and includes rubble, earth, rock and wood displaced during that construction, alteration, repair or demolition

Residents generating builders waste are responsible for the removal and disposal of builders waste at an approved facility. Clean builders rubble and Bulky Waste can be taken to KK Sand Quarry located on the N2 near the Sasol Garage (FEE PAYABLE)

Alternative options:

  • Re-use on site
Ink and Toner Cartridges

Inkjet cartridges are compact and contain liquid ink

Toner cartridges are larger and bulkier and contains dry solid powder.

Valuable nonrenewable resources are used to manufacture cartridges. Use one of the following options
  • Refill of the cartridge
  • Recycle
  • Return to supplier
  • Pick n Pay have container available at door for the disposal of cartridges
Paint waste and Empty Paint containers

 

Do not discharge water based paint into storm water. It can pollute waterways as they contain solid pigment which can clog the gills of fish and adversely affect survival of aquatic organisms.

 

Do not discharge solvent into stormwater or sewerage as the heavy metal in the pigment leads to contamination of the water sources or soil.

 

Do not burn paint or empty paint containers as they release toxic gasses.

 

Ensure residual paint in containers is stored safely to prevent paint spills and seepage into the ground.

All empty and dry paint metal containers are recyclable.

 

Excess paint should be reused on site.

 

Oil base paint should be taken to a hazardous landfill site

Tyres

A continuous covering made of natural rubber or synthetic rubber or a combination of natural and synthetic rubber encircling a wheel, whether new, used or retreated, excluding tyres from bicycles and tricycles.

Do not burn or illegally dump used tyres.

 

No person may recover or dispose a waste tyre in a manner that is likely to cause pollution of the environment or harm to health and well-being.

Used tyres can be recycled in the following ways:
  • Using whole tyres for playground equipment
  • Retreading decent quality used tyres for reuse
  • Take used tyres to a tyre recycler.
Used Oils

Automotive Oils

(such as engine oil, grease, brake fluit etc.

 

Vegetable Oils

Transport used oil in sealed containers

 

Do not dump into storm water drains or on the ground as it will contaminate groundwater, surface and ground.

 

Do not discharge to effluent/sewerage.

Used oil can be taken to the Waste Transfer Station – ROSE foundation container
Florescent Lamps

Compact Florescent Lamps (CFLs)(Hazardous rating of 1) and incandescent bulbs (hazardous rating of 2)

Do not throw DFLs away with domestic waste as they contain small quantities of mercury.

Keep CFLs separate until they can be safely taken to a collection point.

In the event of breakage, special care must be taken to clean up and contain mercury powder and glass shards.

Pick n Pay Stores offers collection points for bulbs

Last published 16 January 2018