From 1 July every home in Johannesburg will be forced to recycle

From 1 July every home in Johannesburg will be forced to recycle

The City of Johannesburg is preparing to help fight the rising tide of pollution and its devastating effects on the environment. The council released a statement confirming that a new programme will be phased in.

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The recycling programme will make it mandatory for households to separate the refuse in metropolitan areas from Sunday the 1st of July 2018.

The "separation at source" recycling programme will mean that all glass, plastic and metal refuse must be separated before being discarded.

The exact details of how the refuse must be separated and which residents will be required to do so have not been revealed.

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Nico de Jager is a Mayco Member for Environment and Infrastructure Service has confirmed that his department will be proceeding with the programme.

“The biggest challenge the City of Johannesburg faces is to change human behaviour and get people to understand how they impact the environment in the way they deal with plastic.”
“But with the community’s involvement, I’m positive this challenge will be effectively dealt with. Remember: If you can’t reuse it, then you must refuse it.”

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He made his comments during a World Environmental Day litter-picking event. Besides the cost the enviroment uncontrolled waste disposal also has a financial cost. Illegal dumping costs the city an estimated R60-million a year.

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