MBABANE – Waste collection skips are being damaged deliberately.
The vandalism comes in many different forms of intent to cause damage to the skips and is inflicted by either children, adults, protestors as well as mentally challenged persons.
Council has two types of metal waste skips, the traditional 6m3 and the 5.5m3 REL skips. The traditional 6m3 is serviced by a waste skip truck, the truck carries a single waste skip to the landfill and returns it to the area of placement/ service area, while the 5.5m3 REL waste skip is serviced mainly by compactor truck fitted with rear end loading mechanism (REL) as well as the skip master truck.
The 5.5m3 REL waste skips have more benefits as opposed to the traditional waste skips, as the frequency of trips to the landfill is reduced, hence fuel is saved and accident hazard chances minimized to name a few.
Extent of damage caused by vandalism
The skips are subjected to various degrees of damage when vandalized and the life expectancy of the skips is reduced drastically from the projected 10-15 years due to the damage sustained as a result of the vandalism.