In November 2018, the Department of Environmental Affairs reported that only 11% of the country’s waste was recycled. In Cape Town, 19.39% of the city’s 2.5 million tonnes of waste is diverted from landfill. Aside from the aesthetics of litter-strewn streets, as landfill sites reach capacity, discarded waste could present health threats to urban populations.
In response, the GTP launched a cash-for-trash recycling challenge, run periodically and aimed at encouraging people to think about how they discard their waste, the importance of recycling, and how to reduce the waste they create in the first place.
With landfill sites almost at capacity, waste is becoming a significant issue in our cities. So we want to encourage people think about how they discard their waste, the importance of recycling, and how to reduce the waste they create in the first place. This is an important part of our efforts to facilitate an urban transition, for Bellville to become a leading African city, where people can live, work and play in a well-kept urban centre.
The Track My Trash challenge is part of the GTP’s Bellville Zero campaign, in a bid to transition Bellville to a zero-waste environment.