Developments in the Call-2-Action initiative have seen to the reopening of the waste buyback centre in Oriental Plaza, a central point for schools and the larger BCM community to drop off recyclables.
Buffalo City Municipality handed the facility over to DNF Waste and Environmental services to operate as part of Call-2-Action and BCM’s drive to create a cleaner and greener City.
While for some, the facility is merely a convenient place to drop off unwanted recyclables, for many it has become a source of income.
“The operation of the centre has made a difference in the waste landscape within the city as its location is central and accessible to the public and the vendors operating in the city. The rebates offered for the recyclables at the BBC are excellent and it therefore offers a sustainable income source for the vendors,” said DNF’s Deidre Nxumalo-Freeman.
Vendors are issued with a unique vendor number and a Standard Bank pay card. Once the card accumulates R100 or more, the vendor can either draw the cash out or shop with the card at various stores.
“This has instilled a sense of pride in the vendors and has also pushed them to earn more on a daily basis,” said Nxumalo-Freeman.
Types of recyclables collected by the buyback centre include paper, tetra pak, plastic, and metal.
Below is a map outlining the location of the facility. Everyone is urged to make maximum use of the facility to ensure a cleaner and greener BCM.