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The City of Cape Town invites residents to participate in its home-composting programme. The roll-out of this programme was approved by the Utility Services Portfolio Committee today in an effort to help divert waste away from landfills. 

The City of Cape Town is inviting homeowners to apply for one of 5 000 free home-composting containers in its latest move towards becoming a zero-waste society. Because there are a limited number of units for the time being, we would like to encourage those who wish to participate to act fast in submitting their applications.

There are a few ways in which to apply. Residents can do so by:

Application forms are available as of today, 4 April 2016. Residents will also need to provide a copy of their ID or passport.‘Once the City has checked that a few simple qualification criteria are met, staff could be delivering a brand new home-composting set to your doorstep within 30 days. This will include your home-composting container and a two-litre container for temporarily storing organic kitchen waste indoors before composting, along with all the necessary information to guide you in the process,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Utility Services, Councillor Ernest Sonnenberg.

Only single residences and sectional title properties currently qualify for this roll-out. At this stage it is required that the homeowner perform the application. However, tenants can ask their landlords to countersign the application form. This means that the property owner is taking responsibility for the composter, as it is to be connected to the applicant’s municipal account.

‘I strongly encourage any homeowner with a garden to apply for a home-composting unit as they will very soon see the benefits. Not only will it mean less waste going into your bin and then to landfill sites, but gardens will benefit too. There is also the indirect benefit of saving water, as plants need less irrigation when there is good mulch to protect the moisture in the earth,’ said Councillor Sonnenberg.

The following types of organic household waste can go into the home-composting container: fruit and vegetable waste, eggshells, teabags, paper, vacuum cleaner contents, leaves, grass and sawdust.

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