Fed up with illegal dumping

2012-08-06 00:00

MOUNTAIN Rise residents need to be taught civic pride. This is the view of a municipal worker fed up with the latest public dumping of garbage on a vacant plot of land in Royston Road.

The plot was cleaned up by the municipality a mere four months ago, but now resembles a landfill site overflowing with building rubble and household rubbish.

A disgruntled municipal worker who was involved in the last clean-up at the site and who cannot be quoted because he is not allowed to told The Witness: “We have one lot of residents dumping and another lot complaining about the dumped rubbish.

“The selfish dumpers keep their own properties in pristine condition and can’t be bothered about their neighbours’ properties or the suburb.”

The worker said the offending residents were known. Before the previous clean-up municipal had gone through the rubbish and found statements with names and addresses.

“We went to the homes, one or two accepted responsibility, others said that it was not them, but scavengers who took away their rubbish bags on refuse removal day and go went look through them.”

The worker said they even went around the suburb and looked for homes that were being renovated to see if they could match tiles and bricks from the rubble so that they could charge the resident or the builder.

However, they were refused access to the homes.

Residents in the vicinity of the Royston Road dumpsite who did not want to be named for fear of victimisation, said discarded rubbish would be blown onto their properties and even into their homes. One of the residents tried to keep the area clean after the last clean up but the work became too much after loads of rubble and rubbish were illegally dumped over several nights. Another tried to confront one of the dumpers and was verbally abused. Her family fears for her safety and has warned her not to go out.

Ward councillor Thandi Matiwane said illegal dumping in Mountain Rise was not only happening in Royston Road, but also in Apollo and Tucker roads. Matiwane said she had reported the problem to municipal officials and had been told that the team was working according to programme and would get to the suburb.

She said the officials had told her that illegal dumping was a big problem in several suburbs in the city. The situation was getting out of control and it was hard for them to keep up. No sooner was a site cleaned up than the dumpers moved in again.

Matiwane urged residents to play their part in being vigilant and reporting illegal dumpers to the municipality. She also made appealed to residents to show concern for their fellow citizens by taking care of the environment.

Richard Rajah of the waste management service confirmed that his department had been alerted to the illegal dumping at Mountain Rise, and the team, who have been occupied elsewhere,wold get there. He said the challenge they faced was trying to prevent dumping on sites that had been cleared and this was what they were looking at.

• nalini@witness.co.za

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