Residents dustbins stolen because of Pikitup’s failure to keep to its schedule

Pikitup spokesperson, Muzi Mkhwanazi. Photo: Supplied.

 

“The delayed Pikitup schedule for dustbin collection is the cause of our dustbins being stolen,” said Rasheed Mosam, a resident of the Roodepoort CBD.

“Theft of dustbins has become epidemic. The irregular Pikitup schedule has left us with massive problems. The scheduled collection is on a Friday but sometimes they only collect on Saturdays. We are forced to leave our dustbins outside for a prolonged period and they end up being stolen,” said Rasheed.

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Rasheed said that he had contacted Pikitup and suggested that the truck should wait at one designated spot to give them time to bring the dustbins out to them. However, the reply he received was that Pikitup’s policy cannot approve such a suggestion as it was unfeasible for the company. Rasheed then asked that contact be made with a representative in their area if the schedule is delayed, but Pikitup did not agree.

“The Pikitup team does everything in its power to avoid stopping. If we indicate to them that our dustbins are being brought outside, they deliberately drive off.

The other problem is that so many dustbins are stolen that some of our garbage has to be kept in refuse bags, but Pikitup does not want to take them,” he said.

“When the dustbins are not collected, dumping becomes a problem and adds to the degradation of the CBD. Pikitup is not doing us any favours. We pay for the service. The replies I have received are bureaucratic and typical of big corporations. The drivers of the truck and the team need to be supervised and more oversight is needed,” he added.

“I am certain that other areas in the City of Johannesburg are also affected. I contacted City of Johannesburg MMC for Public Safety Michael Sun, to see if the JMPD is acting against the theft of dustbins. I have received little more than an acknowledgement of my email.”

The Record contacted the Pikitup spokesperson, Muzi Mkhwanazi, to bring to matter to his attention. Mkhwanazi said, “The responsible depot has been notified about the problems that have been raised and something will be done about the situation. Pikitup advises residents to report the issue of lost or stolen dustbins to the police because it is a criminal offence to steal dustbins.”

Residents are urged to reporting the following to Pikitup:

New or additional bin requests, animal carcass removal, and clearning of an illegal dumping site. These can be reported on 0860 56 28 74 or 011 375 5555.

Do you perhaps have more information pertaining to this story? Email us at [email protected] (remember to include your contact details) or phone us on 011 955 1130.

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Lungi Ndimande
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