‘Senseless behaviour’ by some dump truck drivers

2011-03-18 00:00

A PILE of domestic refuse dumped outside the entrance of the New England landfill site has been blamed on employees of the Msunduzi Municipality’s waste division.

The refuse pile has been left uncollected since Monday.

Residents who spoke to The Witness said they have seen rubbish trucks with NPC numberplates dumping the refuse.

A resident who works at the Maritzburg Golf Club said that when he enquired about this, he was told by staff at the landfill site that the truck drivers could not dump the rubbish load inside as the site was closed by the time they got there.

“But what is boggling my mind is why is the rubbish not being collected and disposed of inside the dump site when the site is open,” he said.

Another resident also said she was told by the site’s security guard that municipal trucks dumped the refuse.

A site employee, who did not want to be named for fear of losing his job, said the rubbish is being dumped outside deliberately. He said that the staff working with rubbish trucks know where to dump their loads.

He said they are instead dumping outside the gates to make the current dump managers look incompetent as there will be posts advertised soon. “They started by dumping anywhere they felt like inside the dump and now they have been dumping outside the site,” he said.

Municipal spokesperson Brian Zuma said the municipality condemns this behaviour. “Unfortunately we do not have numberplates of the trucks alleged to have dumped there, for us to identify the drivers and bring them to book. There are other cases that we are dealing with where numberplates were taken,” he said. Zuma said the municipality will investigate the matter to bring this type of “senseless behaviour” to an end.

“We appeal to people to please take down the numberplates of the vehicles to assist us with investigation. We also appeal to all truck drivers to dump inside the landfill site, and we are grateful to those who co-operate with us,” he added.

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