Beware, illegal dumpers

2019-02-07 06:01

Council spends more than R300 million ridding sites of illegally dumped waste each year.

Mayor Dan Plato says the dumping of refuse on vacant land not demarcated for dumping will no longer be tolerated; those caught in the act will be fined.

He urged residents to come forward with any information that will help them identify culprits. “The type of behaviour displayed by these offenders is completely unacceptable,” Plato stated.

“It is a risk not only to the environment, but also to public health. I have asked the City of Cape Town’s Law Enforcement officials to be extra vigilant with those suspected of illegal dumping, as they are placing a massive burden on our staff to keep our communities clean.”

Across the city, council has 26 drop-off sites for garden refuse, builders’ materials and any other items that do not fit into household wheelie bins. “These are more than sufficient to ensure the legal and safe disposal of waste,” Plato related.

Any person found dumping illegally will be issued with a Section 56 written notice, which carries a fine of R5 000. The offender is also liable for an impoundment release fee of R8 426 before they can reclaim their vehicle. In just five months, Law Enforcement officers impounded 21 vehicles and issued fines totalling R94 950.

“I am calling on the community to report illegal dumping by calling 021 480 7700 from a cellphone or 107 from a landline,” Plato added.

“We urge members of the public to help us catch these criminals who are polluting our communities, effectively forcing the City to spend millions of rands each year to clean up their dirty deeds – money that can be spent more effectively on service delivery.”

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