CCID cleaning staff in Burg Street, Cape Town were seen wearing surgical masks and gloves while going about their cleaning duties. Picture: Tracey Adams/African News Agency (ANA)
CCID cleaning staff in Burg Street, Cape Town were seen wearing surgical masks and gloves while going about their cleaning duties. Picture: Tracey Adams/African News Agency (ANA)

CCID wants to reduce illegal dumping in Cape Town CBD

By Staff Reporter Time of article published May 3, 2021

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Cape Town - The Cape Town Central City Improvement District (CCID) is looking into ways it can raise awareness about illegal dumping and how to reduce it, as well as encourage businesses in the CBD to have waste management contracts in place.

This in response to the growing calls for the improvement district to expand in clean-up campaigns and initiatives in the CBD from locals who have begun trickling back to work in the CBD over the past month, due to the relaxation of the Covid-19 lockdown regulations.

CCID urban management manager Kally Benito said: “Besides the current cleaning initiatives by the CCID we are looking into ways we can not only raise awareness about illegal dumping but how we can reduce it by encouraging the businesses within the CBD to have current and active waste management contracts.”

Currently, the CCID has several CBD clean-up initiatives and projects that it said have remained unfettered by the changes and various shifts in and out of different Covid-19 lockdown levels.

According to the urban management department, the CCID removes approximately 50 tonnes of waste from the Cape Town CBD every month.

“We have several cleaning programs running in the CBD, such as Storm Water drain cleaning, litter picking, and daily cleaning.

“Our daily cleaning initiative is conducted by at least 40 sweepers who work in the CBD every day, 7 days a week.

“This group is among other active groups in our employ tasked to ensure that the CBD is clean,” said Benito.

The CCID also has tree well cleaning and maintenance, rodent baiting, and graffiti removal.

“Our teams remove graffiti and/or tags from buildings, walls, and green bins, throughout the CBD.

“Approximately 1 000 graffiti tags have been removed from the City from July 1, 2020, until March 31, 2021.”

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