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New compactors will help keep towns clean

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Mayor Gesie Van Deventer in one of the municipality’s new compactor refuse trucks.

The Executive Mayor of Stellenbosch, Advocate Gesie Van Deventer welcomed the delivery of two compactor waste trucks on Thursday, 30 March 2017.

Mayor van Deventer said when she took office in August 2016 that “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 throughout all areas.”

The specially branded trucks are valued at R2.5 million each. The compactors were purchased in order to replace older ones. Replacing aged and defective vehicles prevents continuously spending large sums of money on repairs and prevents costs in overtime for staff.

The refuse compactors are 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 8 years.

These units are designed to only collect general waste i.e. 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.