Response from City

In a letter to the editor (“Road-side pollution”, Bolander letters page, March 4), Somerset West resident, Ingrid Buyck questioned the use of blue plastic bags used by the City of Cape Town during roadside cleansing operations.

Mayoral committee member for water and waste, Xanthea Limberg responds: 

The City has reusable bags for the removal of leaves and sand. Bags are not disposed of with the leaves, but emptied and reused. 

Bags are filled according to the weight limit of the plastic. In cases where sand or heavy debris is being cleared, this can give the appearance that the bag is not being filled enough.

These bags are then picked up by a cleansing team later in the day unless there is a service interruption of some kind.