Illegal dumping causes uproar

2016-09-13 06:00
Photo: supplied  The barrels along Patna Road. These photos surfaced on social media showing the illegal dumping.

Photo: supplied The barrels along Patna Road. These photos surfaced on social media showing the illegal dumping.

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THERE was uproar in Botha’s Hill on Wednesday when residents witnessed a group of men dumping barrels of dark liquid along Patna Road.

Angered by this, the residents then took to social media to complain about and expose this illegal dumping.

The complaint was also forwarded to council’s Environmental Section and Durban Solid Waste – and both bodies acted on the matter and contacted the company concerned.

Bruce Black, senior environmental health practitioner from the health department, visited the site and has met with management at SprayPave (the company responsible for the dumping) and discovered that the product dumped was bitumen residue.

“SprayPave acknowledged responsibility for the staff member’s actions and have begun to clear the site,” he said.

Black inspected the site after the complaints and noted that the bulk of the product had been removed.
“SprayPave staff were on site cleaning up at the time of inspection. The health [department] will continue to monitor the site and have instructed the company to implement strict controls over the disposal of partially empty drums to prevent a recurrence of the problem,” he added.

SprayPave managing director, Steven Single, accepted responsibility for the actions of his employees and said that those responsible have since been suspended pending an investigation­.

He said he will speak to them on behalf of the company and apologised for the inconvenience caused, and assured the public that nothing like this has occurred before and it’s a once-off incident that will not be repeated.

“We had a rig clean up the entire area where it was dumped.
“Employees who dumped the products were under no instruction from anyone [at the company] whatsoever, it's not our norm, it's not something we do," he said.

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