Auditors give CBD good grades for cleanliness

Ben Mlambo recycles paper for a living. His occupation also helps keep the streets of Springs tidy.

The metro has commented on numerous complaints with regards to the schedule refuse removal workers are following.

It also commented on the frequency of metro waste brigade operations in the CBD.

Metro spokesperson Themba Gadede says the CBD is divided into two areas for the collection of business-generated waste.

This waste should be placed in a 240-litre wheelie bin.

Area one is between Fifth and Ninth avenues, for collection on Mondays and Thursdays.

Area two includes First to Fifth avenues, for collection on Tuesdays and Fridays.

“The CBD is also divided into 18 litter-picking routes which are serviced daily by permanently employed litter pickers,” says Gadebe.

These litter pickers are also responsible for emptying out the pavement bins.

In response to the question of why the town is so filthy if the refuse is regularly removed, Gadebe says: “Shop owners are also contributing to the uncleanliness of the CBD by sweeping the dirt from their respective shops onto the pavement instead of putting it in the refuse bins.”

Various litter bins are solely for the use of pedestrians and not for the convenience of shop owners.

To contribute to the metro’s plan to keep the CBD clean, they have team leaders and a supervisor monitoring the litter pickers.

The metro’s Waste Management Services (WMS) department has employed environmental auditors to audit 10 CBDs across Ekurhuleni on a monthly basis to determine their level of cleanliness.

There are five levels of cleanliness:

• Level 1: No visible waste.

• Level 2: Predominantly free of litter, except small items.

• Level 3: Sparse littering, no more than five to 10 per cent of the visible surface contains litter.

• Level 4: More obvious litter, up to 30 per cent of the visible surface contains litter.

• Level 5: Dense littering, more than 30 per cent of the visible surface contains litter.

These reports indicate the CBD is currently at level two.

“When business owners are faced with overflowing dustbins near their shops, they can contact the WMS on 011 999 8497 or 011 999 8425,” says Gadebe.

Anna Robertson

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