In an attempt to reduce pollution and protect the environment, the City of Joburg has introduced a phased approach to make ‘separation at source’ mandatory for households. This means that households will be required to separate certain recyclable materials from other waste before they are picked up for collection. The announcement follows a push by both the private and public sectors to cut down on plastic and other pollution.
In a recent statement, the City said that the biggest challenge it currently faces is trying to change human behavior and getting people to understand how they impact the environment in the way they use plastic.
According to city councillor Nico De Jager: “With mandatory we mean that it will be compulsory, and through the initial stages we will do education campaigns and issue warning letters to get residents to participate.”
There are, however, no penalties in place at the moment.
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