The transfer station on Highveld Road is in shambles. This week, resident Charles Muller was told to “f*** off” when he wanted to dump about 10 refuse bags at the station.
“Our refuse isn’t collected and when we want to dump it here, we’re told to go somewhere else,” Muller told Express. According to him, he was told to place the bags in a high bin. When he asked for help from the employees, they asked for payment. When Muller refused, he was told to leave.
Express also received a tip-off from a concerned resident about the state of the station.
“It’s a total mess, no machines are working,” the man said. “Everything has to be done by hand.”
Upon investigation at the station earlier this month, we discovered that this was, in fact, true.
The area where refuse is normally compressed by a waste compactor was barely recognisable, as piles of black bags and rubbish covered the entire area.
“The machine is broken,” an employee admitted, while his colleagues added more rubbish to the heap from a truck. “This has been going on for months.”
According to Temba Gadebe, spokesperson for the City of Ekurhuleni, the station was built 34 years ago and replacement parts for the broken machinery are no longer made.
“The department is engaged in a process to refurbish the entire facility,” he said in a statement, adding this would enable the facility to cope with the high volumes of waste disposed at the station.
Clr Jaco Terblanche recently inquired about the state of the station and was told a budget of R500 000 had been set aside to upgrade it.
“Planning will be done in the 2018/2019 financial year. A time frame will be available thereafter,” the municipality’s reply read.
According to Gadebe, this will only happen next year.
“The City can currently only attend to minor repairs that do not require a lengthy procurement process.”