Illegal Vulindlela-area dumping, problematic

2016-03-30 06:00
Green Network is clearing illegal dumping zones and has erected a ‘no dumping’ sign near the Henley Dam area                               PHOTO: supplied

Green Network is clearing illegal dumping zones and has erected a ‘no dumping’ sign near the Henley Dam area PHOTO: supplied

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DUE to the increased rate of illegal dumping along Selby Msimang Road near the Vulindlela areas, Green Network has erected a “no dumping” signboard, with the hope of stopping the public from dumping­ in open areas.

Green Network media liaison and information officer Nkanyiso Khumalo said the public needs to be educated about waste management.

He added that local authorities will have to intervene to ensure that residential areas with no waste collection start to have these municipal services.

With baby nappies, bottles and plastic bags being dumped in vacant areas, Khumalo said that Green Network will embark on a community awareness campaign where they teach people about the dangers of illegal dumping.

“We have installed our board near the Henley Dam area as part of our project of cleaning and clearing many illegal dumping sites. The campaign, Gcwala Ngenhlanzeko, encourages communities to keep their living areas clean and healthy.

“What motivated us to install this ‘no dumping’ board was that we have seen more vehicles coming from Henley Dam area and they leave garbage bags on the side of the road. Currently when you drive to Henley there are two noticeable illegal dumping sites and they are an eyesore.

“People must realise that taking waste from their home and dumping it anywhere is illegal and creates health issues, especially for children.”

Khumalo said that Green Network is also worried because baby nappies are not being properly disposed of.

“The other worrying factor is the number of illegally dumped baby nappies we find at every site that we clean, including the ones under investigation. We need to find out how we can teach people that dumping nappies is problematic for society and the environment. Gcwala Ngenhlanzeko says ‘no to illegal dumping of nappies’,” said Khumalo.

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