Residents cry foul over removal company’s rubble dumped in protected area

2011-08-15 00:00

RESIDENTS of Scottsville Extension have accused Lush Removals and Storage CC of Mkondeni of illegally dumping rubbish in a protected area. The company denies the charge and says that residents are deliberately targeting the company.

The protected area is a wetland between Scottsville Extension and Mkondeni.

On Sunday last week, workers renovating the offices of Lush Removals were caught on film by residents breaking through the fence separating the industrial area and the wetland dumping waste which looks like building rubble.

A pile of rubble where workers had been dumping is clearly visible.

A local resident said, “These people clearly do not intend to dispose of their rubbish in a proper manner and instead they are dumping it in a nature conservancy.”

The source said they had reported the matter to the municipality.

Lushika Moodley of Lush Removals said the dumping was the action of an independent contractor hired to renovate their offices, and not Lush Removals employees.

“The contractor was not aware that this is a protected area, but we have informed him and he will clean up the rubble,” said Moodley.

She accused people in the Scottsville Extension area of targeting her company. Recently, a resident wrote a letter complaining about the noise in the area and Moodley said she believed the writer was referring to her business as it is a trucking business.

“These people should focus their energies on helping to fight crime rather than just look out for dumping,” said Moodley.

Municipality spokesperson Brian Zuma said the company will be fined if they fail to remove the rubble.

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