The city of Johannesburg has proposed the formal introduction of a “ recycling tax ” as part of its 2021/2022 tariff changes.
Included as a separate charge from the garbage tax, the recycling tax will focus on “sorting waste at the source of production” – which includes households.
Under the proposed levy, wealthy households in various suburbs – excluding those located in areas classified as township or informal settlement – will be charged an additional levy of R50 per month for all properties with a market value over R 350,000.
The city’s waste management regulations have made it mandatory for every household within the jurisdiction of the city of Johannesburg to segregate waste in their households and businesses.
Johannesburg waste management provider Pikitup also announced that it will roll out a comprehensive program for the collection of recyclable materials from households.
A pilot system, already in place in some suburbs, provides households with two plastic bags – one black for general garbage and one blue for recyclable garbage.
The city of Johannesburg has also proposed increases in the price of water and electricity as part of its draft integrated development plan (IDP) and the framework medium-term expenditure budget.
It is proposed to increase all energy charges (c / kWh) for all customer categories 14.59% with the exception of the following categories of customers who will be subject to various increases in energy costs:
- Conventional affairs;
- User usage time with great power (LPU TOU);
- Residential prepaid.
It is also proposed that prepaid residential and business customers begin to contribute appropriately to the operation and maintenance costs of City Power’s electricity distribution network so that it is available on demand.
This will include a R200 capacity charge for residential customers and an R400 for professional prepaid customers. It is envisioned that the customer categories will fully align with the respective comparative fares over a three-year fare journey, the city said.
The tariff increase proposal for the 2021/22 financial year applicable to the different tariff bands is as follows:
- The first 6 kiloliters will be provided free for residential customers;
- Postpaid and prepaid residential water revenues will be increased by an average of 6.8%;
- Postpaid and prepaid residential sanitation tariffs will be increased by an average of 6.8%;
- Institutional rates to increase by 8.9% for consumption up to 200Kl and consumption over 200kl by 11.9% to reduce the deviation from the commercial tariff;
- Industrial / commercial tariffs will be increased by 6.8%;
- The demand tax must be increased by 6.8%;
- All other prices will be increased by an average of 6.8%.
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