New waste compactors will help to keep towns clean

Mayor Gesie Van Deventer in one of the compactor refuse trucks

The Executive Mayor of Stellenbosch, Advocate Gesie van Deventer, welcomed the delivery of two compactor waste trucks on Thursday March 30, in front of the Stellenbosch Town Hall.

When Ms Van Deventer took office in August 2016, she said: “Making sure our towns are clean is a priority. Residents have informed me directly that clean towns are a priority for them.

“Furthermore, by keeping our towns clean we ensure that the first impressions for our visitors are memorable and positive.

“Our new compactors will help us to do exactly that, keep our towns beautiful. I urge every resident to do their part in keeping our towns clean by using rubbish bins that are available all over the area.”

The specially branded trucks are valued at R 2.5 million each. The compactors were bought to replace aged fleet. Replacing aged and defective vehicles prevents continuously spending large sums of money on repairs and prevents costs in overtime for staff and ensures effective and speedy service delivery.

A refuse compactor is basically designed to mechanically lift two wheelie bins simultaneously, empty them into the receiving cab and then compress the waste in order to maximise volume for transport to the disposal facility.

With proper maintenance and care, each compactor should have a lifespan of eight years.

These units are designed to only collect general waste, like household domestic refuse and trade or business waste. No rubble, acids, grease or large bulky objects such as tree trunks should be collected by the compactor, as it will damage the mechanical parts.

The municipality made use of a National Treasury tender to cut down the delivery time and costs of the trucks.