Ward 18’s illegal dump sites

2017-08-23 06:01
PHOTO: Makhosandile zuluA man walks on the path that cuts through the dump site in D-section joining it to another section in the area.

PHOTO: Makhosandile zuluA man walks on the path that cuts through the dump site in D-section joining it to another section in the area.

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The Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson, Thobeka Mafumbatha said a refuse collection programme called “1 Ward 1 Co-op” collects waste every Wednesday in the area.

She said if ward residents have any problems in this regard they should inform the area’s councillor.

Mafumbatha said the municipality’s environmental health unit (EHU) has environmental health practitioners and environmental health assistants­ for areas under its jurisdiction, including Ward 18.

She said the EHU has told the municipality to provide a waste removal service for all areas.

“Whether a regular service is provided or not, dumping still continues and there are impacts on both health and the environment [because of this],” Mafumbatha said.

She said in terms of the environment illegal dumping can disrupt natural processes on land and in the water and interfere with proper drainage run-off.

“In rural areas, burning [refuse waste] at dump sites can cause veld fires and severe erosion as fires burn trees and undergrowth,” Mafumbatha said.

Many of the dump sites that Echo visited in Ward 18 show that residents resort to burning waste to dispose of it.

She said dump sites usually contain scrap tyres, which become breeding grounds for mosquitoes which, in extreme cases, could be transmitters of infections such as malaria.

“Other insects, rodents and additional animals are attracted to dumps and also pose health risks,” Mafumbatha said.

She said in terms of the municipality’s waste management and general hygiene monitoring the EHU is responsible for ensuring proper refuse storage, collection, transportation, transfer and processing, materials recovery and final disposal.

She said the unit is also responsible for the proper management of liquid waste, including sewage and proper sanitation and the disposal of waste.

“Waste management also has an education component that assists,” Mafumbatha added.

She said the EHU can assist with health education and treat the area of vectors, which include flies, mosquitoes and rodents as a way of addressing­ the situation in Ward 18.

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