Sunday, February 18, 2024

Increase in stolen wheelie bins

The City of Cape Town is urging residents to be vigilant, following an increase in stolen wheelie bins

Last year, the municipality recorded more than 29 300 reported cases of stolen bins, up from 28 600 the previous year.


Mayco Member for urban waste management, Grant Twigg, emphasised the importance of residents promptly reporting stolen bins. He says this will help the City to address the issue and ensure that refuse collection services continue smoothly.

‘’By promptly reporting theft of bins, residents help us take proactive measures to address the issue and ensure that refuse collection services can continue smoothly.’’

Twigg also urged residents to apply for additional bins at the relevant tariff, should one bin not be enogh for residents’ household

‘’I would like to remind property owners of their responsibility to provide enough wheelie bins for all people who live on their property. If you have a big household, or backyard tenants, and your wheelie bin gets full before the refuse collection day, we urge you to apply for additional bins at the relevant tariff. By ensuring an adequate number of bins, property owners can play a crucial role in reducing illegal dumping and maintaining the cleanliness of our communities. Please give your tenants the tools they need to prevent illegal dumping.’’

If a resident's bin is stolen they can order a replacement by sending an email to with the following information:

·        Municipal account number;

·        Residential address;

·        Name and contact number; and

·        If you are renting, include a letter of authority from the owner or managing agent.

‘’Residents will be issued with a reference number and their new bin should be delivered within 10 working days. The City will ensure that bagged waste at the property is collected during the waiting period. Tenants living in Council rental stock should visit their nearest housing office for further information on the replacement process,’’ said Twigg.

To apply for additional bins:

·        Download and complete the Supply of Services Application Form available on our website 

·        Ensure that you fill in all the sections related to refuse removal

·        Submit your application with a certified copy of your ID at your nearest Walk-in Centre or email it to If you are renting, you will need to submit a letter of authority from the property owner or managing agent with your application form.


Done By: Bush Radio News reporter

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