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Friday, February 23, 2024

Guard your wheelie bins as City records increase in bin thefts

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Cape Town residents have one more thing to be protective of – their wheelie bins. According to the City of Cape Town’s Urban Waste Management department, there has been an increase in wheelie bin theft in the last year. According to recent data, 29 330 bins were reported stolen in 2023, up from 28 653 in 2022.


Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Waste Management, Grant Twigg, has emphasised the importance of residents promptly reporting stolen bins.


“By promptly reporting theft of bins, residents help us take proactive measures to address the issue and ensure that refuse collection services can continue smoothly.”


Additionally, Twigg has reminded property owners of their responsibility to provide enough wheelie bins for all people who live on their property.


“If you have a big household or backyard tenants, and your wheelie bin gets full before the refuse collection day, we urge you to apply for additional bins at the relevant tariff.”


By ensuring that an adequate number of bins are available at bigger properties, property owners can play a crucial role in reducing illegal dumping and maintaining the cleanliness of communities.


“Please give your tenants the tools they need to prevent illegal dumping” – MMC Twigg.


In light of this influx in wheelie bin theft, if residents do fall victim to this crime they can order a replacement by sending an email to wastewise@capetown.gov.za with the following information:

  • Municipal account number;
  • Residential address;
  • Name and contact number; and
  • If you are renting, include a letter of authority from the owner or managing agent.


To apply for additional bins:

  • Download and complete the Supply of Services Application Form available on our website
  • Ensure that you fill in all the sections related to refuse removal
  • Submit your application with a certified copy of your ID at your nearest Walk-in Centre or email it to wastewise@capetown.gov.za.
  • If you are renting, you will need to submit a letter of authority from the property owner or managing agent with your application form.
Danielle Mentoor
Danielle Mentoor
Danielle is Smile FM's PM drive news reader. She has been in the radio industry since 2020 and started her career at a community radio station. When she's not keeping you up to date with the latest news, she's exploring the outdoors.

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