The public have the opportunity to participate in the City of Cape Town's pilot project aimed at diverting organic food waste from landfills, and to assess whether this has the potential for further rollout.
challenges relating to food loss and waste, with an estimated 12.6 million tonnes of food wasted in the country per year.
National and provincial government have responded to these challenges by setting a provincial target of 50% diversion of organic waste from landfill by 2022, and 100% diversion by 2027.
In order to meet these targets, the City is already diverting a significant proportion of organic waste from landfill, through, for example, the garden waste chipping programme at City drop-offs as well as the home composting container programme, which has rolled out home composters to over 22 000 households already.
The City continues to investigate various methods for residents to divert their own food waste.
This will help the City understand the most
convenient, efficient and cost effective service to offer residents in future, to ensure food waste is diverted from landfill,' said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Water and Waste, Alderman Xanthea Limberg.
One such trial is the current food waste diversion project operating from four City drop-off sites and four additional pop-up sites that have been created in various Central Business Districts in Cape Town, including the City Centre, Claremont, Durbanville and Somerset West.
What residents should know about the trial project:
Participants are issued with a 5L bucket (with an explanatory leaflet), which they take home to fill with their food waste, temporarily storing it in the fridge.
When the bucket is full, they are then required to return it to their designated site at which they received the bucket.
The bucket will be decanted, cleaned and reissued to the participant.
The project kicked off on 15 February, and will be running until the 30 June 2021.
The trial is limited to 200 residential participants per site and is taking place at the eight sites identified below.
The City drop-offs are established sites, already visited by residents to drop off recyclables, garden waste or garage waste and the CBD sites were chosen as convenient drop-off points for residents working in or frequenting these areas.
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