Northdale eyesore set on fire as rubbish overflows

2010-06-09 00:00

THE Msunduzi Municipality’s South Road Garden Refuse site in Northdale was set alight in the early hours of yesterday morning.

The refuse has become an eyesore for many of the residents in the area as dumped house refuse overflows into the road.

Municipal workers who arrived at 7.30 am yesterday, said when they arrived at the dump, the refuse was already on fire and that firefighters were trying to put out the blaze, which had burnt through most of the rubbish.

A worker who did not want to be named said the site is problematic. He said it was initially used as a garden refuse dump, but due to the poor collection of household refuse, residents started dumping all their waste there.

“The problems with waste collection are escalating; the people have started dumping here, especially on weekends when we are not working. We have tried to stop this, but the people tell us that they are paying their rates and the municipality is not delivering the service.

“Now they do not even bother going inside the dump; they just dump on the street,” the worker said.

He said this was at least the third time the site had been set on fire.

People in the area also expressed concern about the site, saying it had been but a matter of time before a fire was to start there, as the workers are always burning rubbish there.

Neville Sewlall, a tenant at the Truro Plaza close to the site, said the dump is a health hazard. “The conditions there are terrible and we are very concerned for the situation.”

Local councillor Les Naidoo said it was not yet clear how the fire had started.

On the condition of the site, he said it has made him ashamed of being a councillor.“I feel for the people living there as it stinks. I have tried everything possible to resolve the situation and contacted all the people responsible, but nothing has happened.”

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