With 3,6 million residents generating between 5 000 and 6 000 tons of domestic and industrial waste per day, the City of Cape Town’s landfill sites are nearing capacity and new sites need to be developed. The largest portion of the Solid Waste Management Department’s Capital Budget is spent on the development of these landfill sites and integrated waste transfer stations. The separation of recyclable material takes place at these integrated waste transfer stations, which contributes to reducing the overall volume of waste disposed of at landfill sites.
As older landfill sites reach capacity, waste has to be transported further away to new landfill sites. In addition, refuse trucks in the ageing fleet have to be replaced. These needs are driving up costs for both the collection and disposal of waste.
The City is running a series of waste minimisation campaigns in an effort to reduce waste, but unfortunately refuse collection is becoming more expensive. In order to meet the increasing demands of waste removal in the fast-growing city, residents will be paying 7,06% more for refuse removal as of 1 July 2012.
Domestic Solid Waste Management Tariffs (excl. VAT)
For more information on any of the new Solid Waste Management Tariffs, please contact the City’s call centre on 0860 103 089.
Assistance for those in need
While the City has increased the average charge for refuse removal, it is also doing all that it can to assist those in need. Subsidies worth R195,6 million have been allocated for refuse removal in the 2012/13 financial year.
The rebate categories are as follows, according to the value of your property (amounts exclude VAT):