The well-used Ballyclare Garden Site will be temporarily closed by Pikitup for much-needed maintenance, the utility has announced.
THE Ballyclare Garden Site, at the intersection of William Nicol Drive and Hobart Street in Bryanston, will be closed for maintenance work scheduled to start on Monday, 14 February.
The Ballyclare Garden Site is the busiest in the cityThe Ballyclare Garden Site is one of the busiest in the cityPansy Jali-Oyedele, the manager of communications at the City's official waste management company, says homeowners, motorists and pedestrians along this intersection should be cautious.
"While Pikitup works towards improving the removal of green waste from this site, proper care needs to be taken by all residents in order to prevent accidents or damage to personal property," she explains.
The Ballyclare Garden Site is one of the busiest in Johannesburg, handling between 3 000 and 3 500 tonnes of waste a month. It is equipped with a modern, low-speed shredder that recycles garden waste, as well as paper, tin, glass, plastic and oil on site. Ewaste – electrical gadgets like old computers and microwaves – can also be recycled at the centre.
Jali-Oyedele says the temporary closure has been "necessitated by the fact that maintenance operations must be undertaken, as this site is relatively busy and rapidly fills up".
Pikitup has made the site as user friendly as possible by allowing people easy access. Users can drive in, use the facility and drive out, with minimum hassle. It is continually serviced by a front-end loader that collects the green waste and feeds it to the shredder, which processes the material.
Jali-Oyedele says people should avoid illegal dumping while the site is closed. They should rather use alternative garden sites like the one on Woodlands Drive in Woodmead, on Club Street in Linksfield, on Cedar Road in Kyalami, and the Dale Road Garden Site, also in Kyalami.
Once maintenance in finished at the Ballyclare site, Pikitup expects an increased response time and the provision of better services, Jali-Oyedele says.
Pikitup is responsible for keeping the city clean and preserving the environment. "We urge residents to continue to report illegal dumping to Pikitup. This can be done by calling Joburg Connect on 011 375 5555 or by emailing us on firstname.lastname@example.org."
For more information on its garden sites, visit the Pikitup website
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