Increased dumping

2017-08-08 06:01
Illegal dumping has reared its ugly head in central Athlone and residents are urged to keep a close eye on the area.

Illegal dumping has reared its ugly head in central Athlone and residents are urged to keep a close eye on the area.

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Athlone police have noticed an increase in the level of illegal dumping which has reared its ugly head in Athlone.

Athlone police spokesperson Zita Norman says it has come to the attention of police that dumping is taking place on the streets of Athlone.

“Residents are meant to be the ears and the eyes for each other to prevent dumping on their properties. It is also a stern warning to the ones doing the dumping: if caught they are in for a huge surprise of a hefty fine,” says Norman.

People’s Post reported the prevalance of vagrancy and dumping within the community of Rylands and Gatesville (“Vagrants need help,” 18 July), where City of Cape Town officials have stepped in to conduct clean-up operations daily.

The City’s executive director for safety and security, Richard Bosman, says residents are encouraged to, where possible, take photographs or video clips of the incident, perpetrators and their vehicles if there is a vehicle involved in the dumping.

This should be reported to the City via the call centre on 0860 103 089.

“Residents must be willing to submit affidavits in respect of the incident and Law Enforcement will follow up with the prosecution of the perpetrators and impound the vehicle involved in dumping,” he says.

In the past year, since 26 August 2016, 99 vehicles have been impounded in dumping related cases. Bosman says that the perpetrators will have to conclude their cases and pay an admission of guilt fine of R5000 as well as pay the impoundment fees of R7500 initially.

“This fee escalates to R10 000 for second offences and R15 000 for third and subsequent offences.

“There is a reward system in place. Currently the reward for reporting crime and certain serious regulations or by-law contraventions (such as dumping, animal fights, poaching) is at the maximum of R5000 and the amount payable will be determined on a case by case basis depending on the severity of the contravention,” explains ­Bosman.

Meanwhile, Norman says that residents should keep an eye out on their and their neighbours’ refuse bins.

“Residents are to [discourage] vagrants from scratching in their bins or their neighbours’. This practice will [ensure] that no dirt will be thrown on pavements and in the roads,” she says.

Norman adds that residents should not put their bins out the night before the collection day, but the morning. They should also bring in their bins as soon as they have been emptied to prevent theft of dustbins.

“If you are unable to, ask a neighbour to put it in your property thus preventing theft or alerting brazen criminals that no one is at home.”

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