Biz dumps next to waste depot

2016-02-02 06:00
Ward councillor Kevin Southgate points to where the rubble was dumped by a Retreat business which used scrap collectors to do the dirty work for it. PHOTO: astrid februarie

Ward councillor Kevin Southgate points to where the rubble was dumped by a Retreat business which used scrap collectors to do the dirty work for it. PHOTO: astrid februarie

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It has been discovered that a business currently undergoing construction is using scrap collectors to dump its rubble in Retreat.

According to ward councillor Kevin Southgate the business in 10th Avenue has done major reconstruction and is dumping its rubble metres away from the premises.

“I have reported the matter to law enforcement which needs to take the matter up with the owners of the business as they are illegally dumping their rubble in the area,” he says.

Southgate says despite the recycling depot being metres away from the business premises where it could offload one ton of rubble for free daily, it has decided to use scrap collectors walking around with trolleys to dump its rubble.

“This is highly unacceptable and they need to be brought to book for this illegal activity,” he says.

Southgate explains that the City of Cape Town can either fine the business and ask it to the remove the rubble within a given timeframe or the City can clear the rubble and send bill to the owners of the business.

“We need to follow this process or people will continue to dump and think it is not an issue and never learn from their mistakes,” he says.

He further says people will often say that it is people coming from other areas who dumping in the community, but in this case it is a local business catering for the community of Retreat which is in the wrong.

“We need to stop pointing fingers at others, because this kind of activity is happening right under our noses and the people committing the act are known in the community,” he says.

Southgate says the dumping started last week. He investigated and came upon a couple of trolley pushers with rubble tipping the rubbish onto the pavement.

“They get paid a little bit of money to do something illegal and do not realise the implications of their actions.

“This sets a precedent and can create a bigger problem. If not tackled right away we will see more people dumping their rubble illegally,” he warns.

Southgate says the City spends almost R30m on removing dumped goods, money he says could rather be used on other, more pressing needs in the communities.

“I urge residents to report any illegal dumping so that the City can take action against those individuals who think there is nothing wrong with dumping,” he adds.

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