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Contractors are now able to dump their rubble at two Pikitup landfills, a strategy by the utility to help combat illegal dumping.
BUILDING rubble and soil can now be dumped at two Pikitup landfills by building contractors – for free.

They are the Marie Louise Landfill on Dobsonville Road in Roodepoort, and the Robinson Deep Landfill on Turffontein Road in Turffontein.

This initiative has been introduced as a measure to combat illegal dumping, as rubble constitutes a significant amount of waste dumped illegally in Johannesburg, according to Pansy Oyedele, the waste utility’s communications manager.

Illegal dumping is one of the biggest problems the city faces in terms of waste management.

“The only requirement for this free service is that construction companies and contractors must open an account with Pikitup,” explains Oyedele. “This will enable them to dispose of clean and uncontaminated rubble at the two landfill sites.”

There are limitations on what can be dumped, however. Building rubble needs to consist of articles that are smaller than the standard brick, approximately 70mm x 220mm x 100m, while the soil must have a maximum particle size of 20mm.

Oyedele says Pikitup’s disposal management division usually reuses the building rubble as cover material at landfill sites as part of its recycling strategy.

For more information on the disposal of rubble at Pikitup’s landfills sites, contact Joburg Connect on 011 375 3555 or send an email to joburgconnect@joburg.org.za.

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