Oh rats! Have you noticed more vermin in the CBD since COVID rules were lifted?

Refilwe Mololo talks to Grant Twigg, a member of the City of Cape Town’s Municipal Waste Management Committee.

– The lifting of COVID restrictions earlier this year was good news for the city’s restaurants, but it has increased activity in the CBD and created more food waste, leading to an increase in plague?
– What are the rules regarding garbage collection from restaurants in Cape Town, asks Refilwe Moloto?

Have you noticed an increase in the number of rats and other insects in the Cape Town CBD since the COVID-19 restrictions were lifted?

The Breakfast with Refilwe Moloto team at CapeTalk has!

They say they’ve seen the increase in litter created by local restaurants has led to an increase in rat sightings in areas heavily populated by restaurants.

After a few close calls, the team called Mayco’s member for urban waste management, Grant Twigg, to find out how the city deals with restaurant waste and…rats.

Twigg tells Moloto that trash pickup once a week is the minimum restaurants should expect.

But if they generate a lot of food waste, it has to be more than once.

Grant Twigg, Member of the Mayor’s Committee on Urban Waste Management – City of Cape Town

You pay a fee based on how many times you have a garbage collection.

Grant Twigg, Member of the Mayor’s Committee on Urban Waste Management – City of Cape Town

And the rats?

The city is ultimately responsible for ensuring that areas are clean, but restaurant owners must ensure that their premises are free of rats and pests.

Grant Twigg, Member of the Mayor’s Committee on Urban Waste Management – City of Cape Town

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