‘Time for residents to clean up PMB’

2010-09-06 00:00

THE time for complaining about litter in the streets is past and residents need to stand up and do whatever they can to help the struggling municipalities.

So says Duzi-uMngeni Conservation Trust’s Caroline Scott, who has urged residents to take part in a massive Duct-Hulamin Community Clean-up Day on September 18.

“Our municipalities are under massive strain and we are struggling to deliver essential services. We as ratepayers can continue to moan and groan about this or we can help them to deliver and thus become more efficient.

“By doing small daily duties such as taking responsibility for one’s own waste helps to lighten the burden on municipal services.

“Money spent by the municipalities on employing someone to pick up litter could rather be spent on the building and maintenance of essential community resources such as the upgrading of sewage and water treatment plants.

“The common perception that by littering we are keeping someone in a job is a poor excuse,” said Scott.

She said another major problem that needs to be attended to is the solid waste that finds its way into storm- water and drainage systems, as the waste caused block­ages that are expensive and time-consuming to fix.

“This clean-up initiative will help to make our city and our community cleaner and litter free,” she added.

For more information on the Duct-Hulamin Community Clean-up Day, call the Duzi-uMngeni Conservation Trust offices at 033 345 7571 or visit www.duct.org.za

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