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History

During the public consultation process,  residents of all the towns across the Overstrand called for recycling of waste to form part of the overall waste management solution.  The Overstrand Municipality had already been supporting the activities of the local recycling companies in Hermanus and Gansbaai and therefore recognises the importance of recycling.  The Municipality responded to the call of the residents to recycle waste and implemented the Recycling at Source Project in Hermanus in June 2002.  Since then the project has been expanded to include additional suburbs in Hermanus as well as the Rooiels, Pringle Bay and Bettys Bay areas.  Plans are in place to extend the recycling at source service to Kleinmond in 2006 and Gansbaai and Stanford later in that year.

Recycling at Source
- 3 Basic Steps -

How does it work?

The existing Municipal refuse collection service (staff and equipment) has been modified and adapted so that a two bag collection service can be achieved.  Each participating house receives a clear plastic bag (made from recycled plastic) free of charge in exchange for a full bag of mixed recyclables which they place on their curbside for collection by the Municipality on recycling day.  Publicity and information brochures at the commencement of the project included an attractive fridge magnet are handed out with the first free recycling bag to each residence in the participating areas.  The Municipality carries the cost of the clear recycling bags.  

The mixed recyclables are taken to Walker Bay Recycling for sorting.  Additional recycling bags can be obtained free of charge from the Municipal offices.

 

 
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