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Elsies River businesses challenged to dispose waste legally <p>​</p><span><p>​​​​​​</p></span><div>Unfortunately, many businesses in Cape Town are still operating without an Integrated Waste Management Plan (IWMP), as required by the City’s Integrated Waste Management By-law. </div><div><br></div><div>The IWMP is an important tool the City uses to ensure businesses are disposing of their waste legally, and are doing what is required to reduce waste that is sent to landfill. Each business must submit their plan for consideration by the City’s Waste Management Officer. The Waste Management Officer will either approve the plan or guide the business on how to bring their plan in line with any waste management regulations that may be applicable.<br></div><span><figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"><img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:893px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span><p>​​​​​​</p><div>The IWM plan must include:</div><div><ul><li>An assessment of the quantity and type of waste;</li><li>a description of the waste services required to store, collect, transport and dispose of the waste;</li><li>a plan to separate recyclable and non-recyclable material at the point of source;</li><li>a waste minimisation plan;</li><li>a pollution prevention plan;</li><li>details of potential environmental impact of the waste;</li><li>the type or characteristics of environmentally-sensitive waste;</li><li>the amount of natural resources consumed in the manufacturing or production process that result in waste;</li><li>the targets for recovery of waste (minimisation, re-use, recycling);</li><li>programmes and targets to minimise the consumption of natural resources; and</li><li>a plan for reducing organic waste that is sent to landfills by 100% by 2027.</li></ul></div><div><br></div> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:996px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span><p>​​​​​​</p><div>Failure to comply with this requirement is a contravention of the IWM By-law. </div><div><br></div><div>During the recent operation in Elsies River, a total of 16 businesses were visited, and four were found to be operating without a valid waste management plan in place. Compliance notices were issued to non-compliant businesses, and if a plan is not submitted within 30 days, a fine will be issued. </div><div><br></div><div>‘Businesses throughout Cape Town must please take note that the City is stepping up its efforts to enforce the requirement for you to develop waste management plans. I encourage all of you to be proactive in becoming compliant, for the health and well-being of the people of Cape Town, and future generations.<br></div><div><br></div> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:924px;" /> </figure>​​</span><div>‘Furthermore, I encourage residents to check if businesses in the area have waste management plans in place and to help encourage these businesses to comply. Absence of an approved waste management plan should raise concerns about what that business is doing with their waste, and how it could be affecting the community,’ said Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Waste Management, Alderman Grant Twigg. </div><div><br></div><div>To report a business that does not have a waste management plan, residents can contact the City’s call centre on 0860 103 089. </div><div><br></div><div>Businesses can find more information on waste management plans and submit them via our online portal here. </div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>End </strong></div><div><br><br></div><p><br></p>2024-03-19T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#36a1168d-a508-46b6-bc80-b2e9f2f35a0b;L0|#036a1168d-a508-46b6-bc80-b2e9f2f35a0b|Community and Society;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#30dd8f25-92b1-4698-88d7-6dcdeb3d56c1;L0|#030dd8f25-92b1-4698-88d7-6dcdeb3d56c1|waste and cleaning10

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