The City of Cape Town needs to do more
While the looming Day Zero helped Cape Tonian’s understand the precious role of water and the need for environmental conservation, the opposite was ironically true when it came to our plastic footprint. Plastic sales spiked to an all-time high with Cape Tonians scurrying about in their attempt to prevent doomsday. However, the excess of plastic has cast a negative light on the city’s lack of formal recycling structures.
Recycling in the City
The City of Cape Town does not support formal recycling practices in most areas. If you want to do the right thing and recycle, you either have the means and time available to drop off your waste at a few limited posts, or you need to pay extra for a private company to collect your waste. That in itself is a limiting reality. Recycling cannot be left only to the motivation and efforts of well-intended citizens. City structures need to support environmental decisions to enable such practices to become the much-needed norm. Adam Yates explains…