Durban residents urged to recycle, despite orange bag disruptions

RESIDENTS who have been affected by the interrupted supply of orange recycling bags are encouraged to use clear plastic bags provided by the city in the interim.

The municipality said it was aware that some households did not receive the municipal orange recycle bags and advised those residents to use the clear bags provided. One bag is to be used for plastic, cardboard and paper, and a separate clear bag for blass and cans.

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“Residents are urged to contact Durban Solid Waste (DSW) and let them know if they would like to receive the clear bags. They will have to supply their address and will be notified when the clear bags will be delivered to them.”

Orange bag delivery and distribution has been disrupted due to a shortage of bags, caused by issues with the current supplier.”

“The issue is being addressed by DSW management. Due to these challenges, DSW would like to request all residents to use clear bags in the interim for all recyclables,” said city communications spokesperson, Tozi Mthethwa..

Mthethwa said the orange bag distribution had been disrupted for a few months, due to the increase in volumes of bags. However, it is expected to resume to its original supply and distribution shortly after the issue has been resolved.

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DSW also extended its thanks to the public for its participation in the Kerbside Recycling Programme, more commonly known as the Orange Recycling Bag Programme, over the years. To learn more about recycling and how to make a difference, the public can contact DSW’s education section for assistance.

Residents who may not be receiving their orange bags can contact the DSW Helpline on 031 303 1665, 031 322 7080, 031 311 8804 or email:

DSW education officers will take down their details and arrange for delivery of the clear bags if the orange bags are unavailable. Residents can also call or email the above numbers if they have any comments or questions about DSW’s recycling programme.



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