City of Cape Town supports household composting

The City of Cape Town is inviting residents to participate in its home-composting programme, which aims to divert waste away from landfills. Homeowners can apply for one of 5000 free home-composting containers in its latest move towards becoming a zero-waste society. 

Cape Town compost campaignApplications can be made by downloading the application form or emailing Wastewise@capetown.gov.za to request one.

‘Once the City has checked that a few simple qualification criteria are met, staff could be delivering a brand new home-composting set to your doorstep within 30 days. This will include your home-composting container and a two-litre container for temporarily storing organic kitchen waste indoors before composting, along with all the necessary information to guide you in the process,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Utility Services, Councillor Ernest Sonnenberg.

Only single residences and sectional title properties currently qualify for this roll-out. At this stage it is required that the homeowner perform the application. However, tenants can ask their landlords to countersign the application form. This means that the property owner is taking responsibility for the composter, as it is to be connected to the applicant’s municipal account.

‘I strongly encourage any homeowner with a garden to apply for a home-composting unit as they will very soon see the benefits. Not only will it mean less waste going into your bin and then to landfill sites, but gardens will benefit too. There is also the indirect benefit of saving water, as plants need less irrigation when there is good mulch to protect the moisture in the earth,’ said Councillor Sonnenberg.

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