The City of Cape Town is re-evaluating its investment in drop-off waste facilities, as Recycling Week kicks off.

Since 2017, the City’s Solid Waste Department has budgeted more than R218 million in upgrading the facilities and building new ones.

The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Waste, Xanthea Limberg, says in the last financial year, 6 000 tonnes of recyclables were diverted from landfills through to the City’s drop-off sites.

Limberg says, “This number could increase significantly if more residents start making use of the facility.”

She has also cautioned that dumping general waste in public areas attracts more dumping and creates a place for pests to breed.


The City’s investments into drop-off facilities that are still under way include, construction of the new Prince George Drive drop-off, R92,7 million, Gordon’s Bay/ Helderberg drop-off facility- R16,7 million upgrade, Wynberg drop-off facility- R15,8 million upgrade.

“The City continues to invest in drop-offs to make them more convenient for users, while enhancing capacity for different waste types. We would like to remind residents that these facilities are available to all, and to spread awareness in their communities, particularly in the case of ‘fly-tippers’ dumping rubble from their vehicles,” said Limberg.