South Africa – Friday, December 22, 2023
The eThekwini Municipality says refuse removal in the city will continue as normal during the festive season .
The municipality’s Cleansing and Solid Waste (CSW) Unit said residents whose waste collection day falls on a public holiday will still have their refuse collected .
“The Cleansing and Solid Waste Unit’s offices will be closed on 15, 25, and 26 December and on 1 January 2024 .
Residents are urged to note that orange recycling bags will not be collected on public holidays .
“The last day of the orange bag collection is 22 December, and the collection of recyclables will resume on 2 January 2024 .
Residents can keep their recycables on their properties until then .
Alternatively, they can take them to their nearest drop-off or buy-back centre,” the municipality said in a statement .
While it is the season of giving, the municipality warned that CSW staff are strictly prohibited from touting for gifts, including money, from residents .
The city urged residents, who are approached by CSW staff for gifts during this period, to take the registration number of the vehicle and report the matter for further investigation and consequence management .
“We would also like to advise residents to be wary of impostors posing as CSW workers to solicit gifts .
The city would also like to encourage residents and visitors to ensure a litter-free festive season and those who will be visiting beaches are advised to use litter bins that are strategically placed .
“Residents are encouraged to avoid littering and illegal dumping .
Those who are found illegally dumping waste in any open spaces will be fined and will be responsible for the removal of that waste,” the municipality said .
The city also appealed to the public to assist in curbing the increase of illegal dumping by reporting all offenders on 031 311 8804/36 or send an email to dsw@durban .
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