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UPDATE: Metro orders Clubview ‘waste pickers’ to cease illegal sorting

Bagarezi representative Stefan van der Westhuizen said the group had nowhere to go to conduct their business.

The metro has ordered informal recyclers to cease their operations at a so-called waste sorting station in Clubview.

The station is located next to Lyttelton Road and the N14 highway.

An official document in Rekord’s possession grants the recyclers seven days in which to stop the “illegal” sorting of waste at the station.

The document was reportedly handed to the so-called waste pickers, or “Bagarezi”, by metro officials on Monday afternoon.

The Bagarezi were also compelled to remove all waste from the area within the seven-day deadline.

The document states the recyclers are in contravention of national environmental management and health acts.

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However, the recyclers said they have nowhere else to go.

“We know the general consensus is for them to go to Mooiplaas informal settlement,” Bagarezi representative Stefan van der Westhuizen said.

“The problem with suddenly uprooting them is that no matter where they go, there are already waste pickers in that area.”

“This might lead to increased in-fighting.”

Metro officials who handed over the notice reportedly told the Bagarezi they had until next Monday to act.

“The metro told us they would return on the day to remove them,” Van der Westhuizen said.

“We will be holding meetings with the Lawyers for Human Rights to weigh legal options.”

The department of environmental affairs earlier this year estimated informal recyclers or “waste pickers” are saving South African municipalities up to R750-million in landfill space each year.

The metro did not respond to requests for comment.

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