Overstrand Municipality appeals to residents to be responsible and to adhere to the guidelines before placing waste outside for removal on scheduled days.
Everyone will need to do their part in taking precautions and follow good hygiene principles to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Please stay home (if you can) and only go out for food and medicine and medical support when it is really needed.
Protect yourselves from becoming infected but also your friends and neighbours.
Important guidelines regarding the proper handling and storage of domestic waste generated by all positively identified COVID-19 residents.
1. That all waste items that have been in contact with individuals that are confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 (e.g. used tissues, disposable cleaning cloths, gloves, masks, etc.) are disposed of securely within a black refuse plastic bag, separate from the rest of the household’s refuse.
2. When full, the black refuse plastic bag should then be placed in a second black refuse plastic bag (double bag) and tied to prevent any waste from spilling from the bag.
3. Double-bagged refuse bags must be stored separately for five (5) days in direct sun, before being placed outside your home for collection by a local municipality. 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.
4. 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.)
5. Residents are requested to please sanitize or wash hands with water and soap for 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.
6. Residents are requested to sanitise wheelie bin handles and wheelie bin covers.
7. Residents are requested to refrain from approaching refuse removal personnel. Please keep a distance of 1.5m at all times.
8. The wheelie bins or black refuse plastic bags can be placed out for removal on scheduled days after the above mentioned steps have been followed.
9. Please secure the bags in order to ensure that your pets do not have access to the bags to prevent them from tearing the bags or spilling the contents.
If you need specific information, visit the Western Cape government webpage at https://www.westerncape.gov.za/department-of-health/coronavirus
3. The Municipality must ensure:
- That all waste items that have been in contact with individuals that are confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 (e.g. used tissues, disposable cleaning cloths, gloves, masks, etc.) are disposed of securely within disposable plastic bags.
- When full, the plastic bag should then be placed in a second bin bag and tied
- These bags should be stored separately for five (5) days before being put out for collection by the Municipality
- Other household waste can be disposed of as normal.
- Alternative services should be provided to communities where this protocol cannot be practically implemented, such as informal areas.
Expended Public Works Programme (EPWP) workers can assist in collecting these bags provided they have the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and are trained to handle this waste.
4. The Municipality needs to provide all communities with the required information to appropriately manage the waste generated and to create awareness, using the most appropriate means of communication under these circumstances