Extremely frustrated with dustbin diggers

I am extremely frustrated by waste pickers. The bin assembly point is right in front of my house and the waste pickers remove everything from the bins to get to the recyclable material and then only put back the bulk rubbish, leaving behind lots of small pieces that get run and stuck onto the road surface or get blown onto my premises.

For three days around pick-up days I have to live with the smell. To make it worse, some bins are left open and at times large dogs get to drag rubbish from them. Besides my compost bin for kitchen waste, I have three separate bins. I keep the recyclables for the recycle truck, thus I hardly ever put out more than half a bag of waste.

I understand the waste pickers’ concern, but leaving everything up to them makes our residents lazy and does not encourage recycling.

It just feels if we are doing the right things the wrong way around in this country, encouraging more problems with a culture of extreme consumption and waste generation.

If we still want to help the waste pickers, let’s then put out the sorted bags for them separately to collect, and stop the recycle truck, but then they must collect everything in the bag. Recycling must be implemented with strict laws to discourage bin-digging.

Janine Viljoen

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