The City of Johannesburg will not introduce legislation yet to penalise residents who fail to separate waste when mandatory separation starts next month. Instead, the city wants to encourage behavioural change. The city’s landfill sites are filling up and could reach maximum capacity in six years’ time. The city now requires residents to separate waste at "source" so that dry recyclable waste such as plastic, paper, metal and glass can be separated from other household waste before it is collected by the city’s service providers. The mandatory implementation will start in designated wards in areas such as Midrand, Waterval, Norwood, Marlboro and Soweto. Nico de Jager, the member of the mayoral committee for environmental affairs, said separation at source has been a policy of the city for a time long but is only now being implemented. It has, however, not made its way into the city’s bylaws. Pikitup MD Lungile Dhlamini said during a media briefing on Wednesday that although separati...

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