Waste: council vows to act

2010-10-05 00:00

THE scourge of illegal dumping in the city is to be tackled now that there is some semblance of order in waste management.

This was the undertaking given to Msunduzi Municipality’s executive committee members last week.

Exco member Najma Ahmed said she gets three or four calls a week about illegal dumping from irate members of the public throughout the city, and she knows that other councillors get similar calls.

Cllr Eunice Majola said dumping has to be tackled as a matter of urgency. She and Ahmed told officials at the Exco meeting that the municipality’s by-law enforcers and the security department need to do a lot more.

“There have to be some prosecutions to show that council means business,” said Ahmed.

The Witness is also inundated with calls daily and it seems some of the worst culprits live in the more upmarket suburbs.

A small group of Mountain Rise residents who have been trying to do their civic duty and help clean the neighbourhood can no longer keep up. They are shocked at their own neighbours who, while keeping their own properties clean, have no qualms about dumping their rubbish in vacant lots in the suburb. It seems that residents whofail to put out their garbage on refuse removal days simply dump their rubbish in the vacant lots opposite the temple in Royston Road and in the vacant land in Noodsburg Road.

Civic-minded residents are even more upset that their complaints to the cash-strapped municipality go unheeded. A resident said she had asked the municipality to put a “no dumping” sign at one site, but was told there was no money for that.

Another eyesore is an area that is meant to be a park for children in Samana Road in Allandale. Residents complain that they are plagued by rats and flies.

Off Trelawney Road in the Grange, residents simply fling their rubbish over the wall of their complex.

Mayor Mike Tarr told Exco there is to be a workshop in the city this week and he is hopeful that some innovative ideas will emerge about how to deal with dumping and waste management.

He also told officials to enforce by-laws.

Exco was told that the refuse removal system in the city, which had completely broken down, is now working. Official Trevor Cowie told Exco there are now nine waste removal trucks on the road.

 

 

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