The City of Cape Town has a new web portal giving residents and businesses information on convenient recycling options based on their location. The website aims to make responsible waste management easier by providing information on:
- whether the City will collect recyclable waste from your address as part of Think Twice – the City-sponsored kerbside recyclable collection programme
- the location of the closest recyclables drop-off site or buy-back centre
- details of recycling collectors in their area
The website is map-based, and you can either use your address or find your location on the map to determine if your area is serviced by Think Twice. If you are not in a Think Twice collection area, you can use the map to determine the closest drop-off site or buy-back centre for recyclables, as well as the closest City-owned drop-off facility if you have a variety of waste types that need disposal.
The City would love to hear from its customers. You can contact the City (link on top right hand side of the web portal screen) and let them know of any other feedback you may have, and if you think there are any recycling services not reflected on the map.
‘We see increasingly high volumes of requests for information about how and where to recycle and it’s incredibly heartening to see how many Capetonians want to live sustainably. This new tool will make it that much easier for people to have an overview of all options available to them, be it a City drop-off facility, a weekly recycling collector or private community drop-off and buy-back centre.
‘The waste minimisation team in the Department of Solid Waste Management has worked hard to ensure that the database of recycling industry service providers reflected is as comprehensive and up-to-date as possible, while remaining user-friendly enough for convenient navigation. As a City, we need to explore every avenue possible to encourage recycling and increase the diversion from landfills.
‘While there is unfortunately no budget available for the large-scale rollout of the Think Twice project at this time, our 24 drop-off facilities offer a fantastic service, accepting all kinds of household waste, including various recyclable materials free of charge. I urge residents not familiar with their nearest drop-off facility to pay it a visit and to get to know the facility available to them.
‘I appeal to all residents not currently practicing environmentally conscious waste management habits to please explore the possibilities available to them, which is now that much easier given the recycling web portal. They could even make a bit of extra money by selling their recyclables to a buy-back centre. It’s a matter of adjusting one’s perspective and how one looks at waste,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Utility Services, Alderman Ernest Sonnenberg.
The web portal can be found by visiting http://web1.capetown.gov.za/web1/wasterec/map