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2016-11-29 09:18

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The scrapyard along Turfhall Road has become a regular mess for residents.

Residents of Hanover Park, Mountview, Pinati Estate, Rylands and Lansdowne say they want the scrapyard closed because it is a safety and security hazard as well as a health risk.

Rosdien Desai, chairperson of the Mountview Starling Civic Association, says they have created a petition to have the scrapyard closed down or moved.

“There have been numerous requests to date to have this scrapyard closed down due to it being a safety risk. We have traffic that sometimes can’t even move past this stretch of road because the people who bring scrap to this place burn and clean the scrap on the side of the road,” Desai says.

“We want our community to feel safe again because the patrons of the scrapyard are the criminals stealing gates from people’s homes and drain covers as well as all other scrap found lying on people’s property. It’s a nightmare and we want it gone. Our children who have to walk past the area to get to their schools can’t use the verges because the people are using it to burn their scrap,” Desai says.

The petition, which was sent to residents, states the “scrapdealers are rude and aggressive” and “attract bad elements” among other reasons to motivate for the closure of the scrapyard.

Asked whether the scrapyard owners were informed of their intentions, Desai says they are approaching the situation the “proper way by going through council with the issue”.

JP Smith, Mayco member for safety and security, confirms the business is zoned for light industrial or general industrial and adds the business is licenced.

“The zoning does allow a scrapmetal dealer to operate on the property. Scrapyard licences are issued by the police in accordance with the Second Hand Goods Act,” Smith says.

Smith explains the City’s solid waste management department is responsible for cleaning up litter or illegal dumping in public spaces like parks, fields and roadways.

“However, the type of behaviour described is in breach of City bylaws. We therefore encourage residents to report such incidents to Law Enforcement when they witness them,” Smith says.

He adds if residents are unhappy about the scrapyard’s operations, they should report it to the police.

“Residents should approach the police as they issue licences to scrapyards in accordance with the Second Hand Goods Act.”

Smith explains anyone in contravention of the bylaws relating to streets, public places and the prevention of noise nuisances, which prohibits the public from starting or keeping a fire, can be fined a total of R1500.

Siyabulela Mamkeli, Mayco member for health, also confirms it is illegal for people to burn scrapmetal according to the Air Quality Management Bylaw.

The bylaw stipulates no person may, without prior written authorisation by the City, on any premises, carry out or permit the burning of any tyres, rubber products, cables, synthetically covered or insulated products, equipment or any other similar product for purposes of
(i) recovering the metal contained therein;
(ii) disposing of tyres or any other product described as waste; or
(iii) for any other reason, except for the thermal treatment of general and hazardous waste in any device licensed in terms of section 41(1)(a) of the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act.

If you see someone burning scrap in a public space, report it to the Metals Theft Unit control room on 0800 222 771.

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