National 2.8.2016 03:14 pm

Pikitup to collect Joburg refuse on public holidays

Pikitup. Image courtesy : joburg.org

Pikitup. Image courtesy : joburg.org

Pikitup on Tuesday said all its sites and services would be fully operational on election day on Wednesday and Women’s Day, on August 9.

The City of Johannesburg’s waste management entity, Pikitup, said on Tuesday its sites and services would be fully operational on election day tomorrow and Women’s Day on August 9.

In June, President Jacob Zuma declared August 3 a public holiday to enable all those eligible to cast their votes in the local government elections to do so.

Pikitup, whose services includes household refuse collection, recyclables, bulk, dailies, garden sites and landfill sites, said residents whose refuse collection days fell on these dates needed to put out their waste as normal.

“All 42 garden sites of the City of Johannesburg will operate from 8am to 12:30pm during these two public holidays,” Pikitup spokesperson, Jacky Mashapu, said.

“Residents are encouraged to utilise these facilities to off-load green waste free of charge.”

Pikitup has been implementing an effective double shift system as a measure to clear backlogs of refuse removal and illegal dumping caused by a the five-week long strike which ended in April.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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