CoJ, Pikitup withdraw R50 recycling levy proposal

13th May 2021 By: Schalk Burger - Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor

The City of Johannesburg's (CoJ's) Environment and Infrastructure Services Department (EISD) and waste management company Pikitup have withdrawn a proposed R50 recycling levy.

A number of submissions opposing the proposed levy were received, the CoJ said in a statement on May 13.

"In light of all this, Pikitup management, together with the CoJ EISD, decided to withdraw the proposed R50 recycling levy."

Waste pickers collect light recyclable materials and leave behind heavy recyclables or recyclables of less value, which are collected by Pikitup. Large quantities of recyclable materials still end up in Pikitup’s landfill sites despite the contribution of waste pickers.

The now withdrawn recycling levy was proposed as a solution to increase the yield of recyclable materials that need to be diverted away from landfill sites.

It should be noted that Pikitup is fast running out of landfill sites and the levy might have contributed to extending the remaining lifespan of the landfill airspace through recycling, the city warned.

"In the event that landfill sites get depleted, residents of the city will be expected to pay more for waste collection services because new landfill sites will have to be established to ensure that waste is disposed of in designated areas and in accordance with the provisions of the Waste Management Act."