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NMBM kicks off Waste Management project for the future

Published: September 03, 2021

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality showed its commitment to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment through action on Thursday, 2 September 2021, launching a home recycling programme in Westering, Port Elizabeth.
The project called, Source Separation Pilot Recycling Project seeks to encourage residents to recycle by separating waste according to different categories in their own homes.
The intention of this pilot project is to introduce waste recycling as one of the pillars of waste management within the City.
It is also to introduce a culture of waste separation at homes which could assist to ascertain the volumes of recyclable materials in Nelson Mandela Bay.
Speaking at the launch, Member of the Mayoral Committee for Public Health,  Councillor Lance Grootboom said he was encouraged that the project had started.
"As a City we continue to lead the way on environmental friendly and sustainable solutions. We are creating a City for the future generations," said Councillor Grootboom. 
The pilot project will be implemented in areas like Westering, Linton Grange, Bramhope, Taybank and Moregrove. 
Residents of the affected areas are encouraged to visit the municipal website or the Councillor's office to register to take part in the initiative. 
Registered residents will be issued with a blue refuse bag to place recyclable material. 
Each household which places out a blue bag with recyclable materials will be issued with a new bag on collection day.

Recyclable material that can be put into the blue refuse bags are as follows:
  • Paper (newspaper, magazines, books, printer paper)
  • Cardboard (cereal boxes, medicine boxes, packaging boxes)
  • Carton (milk and juice containers)
  • Hard plastics (cool drink bottles, milk bottles, yoghurt and margarine tubs)
  • Metal (aluminium and steel, beverage cans, food cans, foil plates)
  • Glass (glass bottles, glass jars)
  • Polystyrene (only white polystyrene).
Residents are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the MY Waste page on the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality website. Residents must also be on the lookout for Nelson Mandela Bay Green Team that will be going out in the effected communities on an aggressive awareness drive. 
MMC Grootboom called on all the residents that will be reached by the pilot project to embrace and support this initiative.  
"As a City we committed to a caring City. It starts with caring for the environment that we live in so that we can leave a healthy City for our children. We know it requires some effort from residents at their homes, but the returns are far more bigger than the effort required. Let's work together and make this project a success so that  we can continue to inspire other municipalities," said MMC Grootboom.
Resident Valerie Bryan said the City has introduced a good initiative that also has a potential to create jobs.
"As residents we need to support the project so that it can grow and cover the whole City. It will go a long way in creating healthy environments and create jobs at the same time," said Bryan. 
Issued by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Communications Office.

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