KFC ‘not guilty of dumping at Falls’

2010-07-12 00:00

A KENTUCKY Fried Chicken (KFC) branch in Howick has made queries with the uMngeni Municipality as to why the store’s rubbish is being continuously dumped on a field alongside the Howick Falls.

The query arose after Friends of the Falls committee member, Stan Goodenough, complained about the mess on the community grounds. According to Goodenough, this was the fourth time in a matter of weeks that the fast food outlet’s rubbish had been seen dumped on the grounds.

“The Friends of the Falls is an organisation of passionate people who do work on cleaning the Falls and its surrounding areas,” he said.

“The Howick Falls is globally recognised and we have to get real about making it a world-class tourist attraction.”

Kelvin Smith, area manager for KFC, told The Witness that because the store is in a retail centre, its rubbish is collected with all of the other stores’ rubbish by the municipality.

“We have no idea how our rubbish is ending up there,” Smith said.

“It is taken away from the centre along with everybody else’s. Somebody is doing this on purpose and we are also victims.”

Smith apologised for the problem and explained that people from the franchise had been sent on each occasion to clean up the mess.

“We will be monitoring the way that our rubbish is being removed very closely in the future and do everything we can to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”

Smith said that a KFC store manager held a meeting with the local municipality in an attempt to acquire some information on why the dumping has been happening. He is hoping to hear back from somebody today.

Goodenough further highlighted the seriousness of the problem.

“South Africa has a huge waste problem and this is just another example of that. We need to get help and input from those at the top,” he said.

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