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Environment & Waste Management

For illegal dumping or waste related services please call our department on 034-328 7724/26,

Mission:
To ensure that municipal services are provided to all communities within the Newcastle Local Municipality in the most efficient, effective, affordable and sustainable manner.

Vision:
• To provide an efficient and effective waste service to all areas in Newcastle.
• To promote separation at Source in all households.
• To develop recycling centres accessible to communities to reduce waste to landfills.
• To promote continuous education and awareness programmes.
• To ensure on-going environmental compliance of the waste disposal facilities.
• To establish an Integrated Solid Waste Management System.

Key activities of waste department
Street cleansing:
• Street cleansing of the cbd including the bus & taxi rank
• Litter picking at suburbs and surrounding areas

Weedkill spraying
• Weedkill spraying in the cbd and surrounding areas
• Waste removal
• Collection and removal of waste from households and businesses to the wds
• Issuing of black refuse bags to residents and clear bags for recyclable waste
• Attendance of queries from businesses
• Removal of garden refuse and builders rubble by means of a skip services/roll on

Sanitation
• Removal of animal carcasses

Management of the waste disposal site
• Preparation of trenches/cells for the disposal of waste
• Preparation of trenches for carcasses and contaiminated waste
• Compaction of waste on the trench/cells
• Clearing of debris in cut-off trenches
• Covering of compacted waste with appropriate soil cover
• Grading of access roads
• Landscaping of profile of the disposed waste
• Composting of garden refuse
• Waste reclamation

KEEP NEWCASTLE CLEAN
NEWCASTLE HOLDS THE TITLE OF THE GREENEST CITY IN THE PROVINCE FOR SEVEN YEARS.

What YOU have to do?
Purchase municipal approved plastic refuse bags, which are available at most supermarkets and stores. Only approved bags may be used for refuse collection. The coloured or clear bags should be used for recycling of waste-paper, glass, plastics and cans. The waste management service will only collect a maximum of 20 bags per collection originating from any household premises and a maximum of 3 bags per standard bin per collection originating from any business premises.

Removal Days:
Monday: Ncandu park, Amajuba Park
Tuesday: Barry Hertzog Park, Sunny Ridge, Pioneer Park north of Impala Road, Lennoxton.
Wednesday: Arbor Park, Paradise. Pioneer Park north of Impala Road.
Thursday: Aviary Hill, Signal Hill, Schuinshoogte, Suryaville, Central Area between Hastie Street and the Ncandu Bridge, Lyell Street and Link Road.
Friday: Hutten Heights, Industrial areas, Fairleigh, Lenville, Amiel Park, Ghandi Park, Sunset View, Richview and Fernwood.

When bags are full, please close it securely and retain on your premises until collection day. On collection day, place all full bags on the sidewalk next to your gate. Please remember that the refuse removal services starts at 6h00.

Only ONE removal takes place per week:
Please take the following precautions:
a) Do not place hot ash in the bag-first allow it to cool off.
b) Do not place in the bag: Broken glass, tins with shark edges or anything which may cause damage to the bag or which may cause injury to Council’s employees-please wrap such articles in a few sheets of newspaper before placing in the bag.
c) No liquid matter of any kind may be placed in the bag.
d) Only household, business and light garden refuse may be placed in the bag.
e) Tear carton boxes into strips before placing it in the bag.
f) Soil and stone may not be included with garden refuse.
g) All recyclable plastic, glass, cans and paper should be placed in recyclable bag to encourage separation at source.
h) Do not allow your dogs to become a nuisance to others.
i) All council’s bylaws will apply.

Please do not place any bags on the sidewalk other than on the day of removal. By doing so, a very bad impression will be created on visitors to our town and you may be liable to a fine.

Waste Landfill Site and Garden Refuse Drop off:
Council’s landfill site and Drop off facility are opened as follows:
Monday to Saturday: 8h00- 17h00
Sundays and Public Holidays: 10h00-16h00

Bulk Refuse Containers:
This service is determined by the local authority. Any business that is registered within the jurisdiction of the local authority, should apply for a business container. Upon monitoring of the waste generation, the local authority will advise the service to be rendered.

Specialised Refuse Collection and Container Rentals:
On request and after payment of the prescribed tariff, garden and bulky services may be removed, provided that the Waste Department is able to do so with its available equipment.

TWO BAG SYSTEMS AIMED AT SEPARATION AT SOURCE AT ALL RECYCLABLES SHOULD BE CONTAINED IN THE COLOURED (YELLOW, ORANGE, GREEN) FOR NOW AND LATER THE CLEAR BAG.

IN THE RECYCLABLES BAG – COLOURED BAGS

PAPER – YOU CAN RECYCLE
• Newspaper and magazines, leaflets, telephone directories, unusable books (remove leather and plastic covers)
• Cardboard boxes flattened corrugated cardboard, brown cardboard.

DO NOT PLACE
• Wet or dirty paper (place it into the mixed household waste bag)
• Plasticized paper
• Polystyrene should place into the mixed household waste bag.

GLASS – YOU CAN PLACE
• Glass jars, non-deposit glass bottle
• Brown glass, green glass and clear glass

DO NOT PLACE
• Any bottle neck rings, china, ceramics, lights bulbs, fluorescent tubes, window panes, windscreens or glass pans into the recyclable bag.

METALS – CAN RECYCLE
• Tins and cans, lids, clean convenience food cans, drink cans, old saucepans and kettles and small hardware pieces.
• All cans should be rinsed and bagged.

DO NOT PLACE
• Big metal objects (take them to the metal scrap dealer or to the waste disposal site)
• Households batteries

PLASTIC – CAN RECYCLE
• Cool drink plastic, plastic juice bottles, plastic milk cartons. All containers should be rinsed and bagged

HOUSEHOLD MIXED WASTE
All waste that CANNOT BE RECYCLED is contained in household mixed black refuse bags.

Electricity and energy conservation
• 21 300 households receive free basic electricity
• Regular energy audits are done
• Installation of CFL’s
• The installation of CFL’s is an on going process.
• Use of load control relays
• Newcastle Municipality implemented the project of installation of load control relays. The relays switch off geysers and make a saving of up to 10MVA. The Municipality benefits by having capacity spared to be used to relieve midday demand.
• The consumers are having their electricity bills reduced. The carbon emissions are reduced and the impact on the atmosphere is reduced. So all parties benefit.
• Deliver, install and commission 18 000 solar geysers at no cost to the consumers. Eskom partly funds the project. To date 500 units have been installed and benefiting the consumers.

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