The Overstrand Municipality has appealed to residents to be responsible and to adhere to the guidelines before placing waste outside for removal on scheduled days.

Remember that the Overstrand Municipality’s Solid Waste Removal personnel are exposed to more than 2 000 bins and bags per day, which is why residents are requested to refrain from providing food and drink to the workers. While the municipality appreciates the public’s good intentions, this only increases their exposure to unnecessary risks.

Everyone will need to do their part in taking precautions and following good hygiene principles to keep our essential workers safe and help reduce the spread of COVID-19. These includes the proper handling and storage of domestic waste generated by all residents who have tested positive for COVID-19, as well as those who have been in contact with individuals that are confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19.

All waste items (e.g. used tissues, disposable cleaning cloths, gloves, masks, etc.) must be disposed of securely within a black refuse plastic bag, separate from the rest of the household’s refuse.

  • When full, the bag should then be placed in a second black refuse plastic bag (double bag) and tied to prevent any waste from spilling.
  • Double-bagged refuse bags must be stored separately for five (5) days in direct sunlight before being placed outside for collection. The safest option would be to store bags for an additional week before domestic waste collection is done. This will ensure that the COVID-19 virus is killed.
  • In the case of wheelie bin removal service, residents are reminded to have all personal hygiene and sanitary products double bagged (placed within two small plastic bags) before placing waste inside a bin. Examples of personal hygiene and sanitary products are tissues, used gloves and masks, etc.
  • Residents are requested to please sanitise or wash hands with water and soap for at least 20 seconds before and after handling wheelie bins or black refuse plastic bags. This measure is to protect both the public and the essential refuse removal teams.
  • Residents are requested to sanitise wheelie bin handles and wheelie bin covers.
  • Refrain from approaching refuse removal personnel. Please keep a distance of 1.5m at all times.
  • Secure the bags to ensure that pets do not have access to the bags and are prevented from tearing the bags or spilling the contents.

Refuse removal will continue as per normal collection schedule for Greater Hermanus and Gansbaai. All transfers stations and drop-off facilities will be closed during lockdown. In the Hangklip-Kleinmond area, refuse will be collected during the lockdown period on the following days:

Kleinmond and Rooiels: Mondays

Palmiet area and Sunny Seas, Betty’s Bay: Tuesdays

Rest of Betty’s Bay: Wednesdays

Pringle Bay: Thursdays

Each household is allowed to place one wheelie bin or four black bags (with the proviso that only one bag may contain garden waste) with domestic refuse on the sidewalk for removal in areas which the municipality has not identified as a problem animal area. Containers must be secured with baboon-proof locking devices in all areas that the municipality has identified as problem animal areas: Kleinmond, Betty’s Bay, Rooiels, Pringle Bay, Onrus, Voëlklip, Fernkloof (including the Golf Estate), Hermanus Heights, Eastcliff and Kwaaiwater. No refuse bags may be left on pavements in baboon problem areas.

Voëlklip Baboon Hotline: 071 588 6540

Pringle Bay Baboon Hotline: 079 431 5956

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