Keep your area clean

2015-09-22 06:00
Volunteers with the bags of litter that they collected after cleaning the area.

Volunteers with the bags of litter that they collected after cleaning the area.

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In an effort to curb illegal dumping Kenfac Ratepayers association illegal dumping subcommittee has managed to secure a satellite drop-off facilitity for their area.

Though the finalisation processes have yet to be completed, they are glad that something is being done to ensure that their community is kept clean all the time.

Clean-ups are done in dire areas every month while pamphlets are handed to residents to encourage them to avoid dumping illegally. They are also given information on how to go about disposing of their refuse instead of dumping at an open field near them or on the road.

They are also told where the nearest drop-off facility is so that they don’t dump every where.

Last week Saturday they also held another clean-up and handed out pamphlets to residents to encourage them to be part of solving the problem of illegal dumping, however they believe their work at the moment is not really noticed as people are still dumping the rubbish everywhere.

Committee member Leslie Swartz says although their work hasn’t started showing as yet, people are beginning to see the benefits of a clean environment. “At the moment the difference is microscopic, but we are glad that we are doing something. In the areas that we clean, people can really see the difference. After cleaning we also hand out pamphlets to let people know what to do with their litter or other refuse which the City can’t collect.

“We don’t want people to dump illegally as it portrays the area in a bad light. It also causes a major health concern because of dirt all over,” he says.

Through the committee that was formed three years ago, they are still trying to get to the bottom of illegal dumping and to come up with a solution so that the area can be kept clean.

Through their analysis they found out the main cause of the problem is because the bins are not enough for people with back yard dwellers hence people end up dumping in the open field because the Solid Waste department doesn’t collect anything out of the bin. “Part of the solution is that the City of Cape Town must make an effort in ensuring that the bags of people who put out their rubbish on collection days, will be collected as well. If it is not collected, some residents are left with no choice but to dump,” he says.

Swartz also added that those that will be seen dumping illegally will pay dearly for it as it is an offence. “When I see someone dumping illegally, I call law enforcement and they will be fined for that. We want to keep the area clean because it defines us. We are also encouraging other residents to report people dumping illegally so that we can keep a clean area,” he says.

Those who want help to dispose of their rubble, grass cuttings or tree branches can email Swartz on lesliejswartz@gmail.com and he will try to help.

To report illegal dumping, call rent-a-cop on 021 444 8235 or Solid Waste Management on 021 400 6157

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