Greytown dump is a stinking mess!

2018-02-14 06:00

NEVER mind GPS instructions to direct anyone to the Umvoti Municipality dump, just turn the corner towards it and from at least 200 metres away, the smell will guide you.

The Greytown Gazette photographer was there for less than five minutes to take this photo and was nauseated by the smell.

Complaints have been lodged with the municipality by a number of businesses in the area whose workers and customers have been forced to put up with this disgusting stink.

But of even more importance, when the Gazette editor took this photograph on Monday morning, there were a few individuals “working” the dump.

If they were official municipal employees not one was wearing the legally required mask and gloves. One scrabbling in the bags was a woman in a dress — surely not an employee?

Surely the unions should ensure that all the health requirements are being met? Or is this just another “who cares?”.

Over the years, many hours have been spent by councillors, consultants and officials discussing Umvoti’s waste management policy, with the final objective to build a landfill site. Discussion is the operative word as there is still no landfill site and millions and millions of rand have been spent on transporting the local waste to Pietermaritzburg.

This is besides the probably incalculable amounts which have been spent on vehicles, both new and old, having to be repaired and then replaced.

Umvoti Municipality has discussed this for many a year. There was some activity a year or so ago when Umzinyathi District Municipality undertook the processing of a local landfill site. It even got as far as a board being put up at the proposed site ... but like the Craigieburn pipeline ... nothing.

Still on rubbish. The majority of residents have not received orange rubbish bags since last August.

In October last year, the municipality received 15 quotes from rubbish manufacturers who had tendered in response to the website advertisement.

Quotes ranged (presumably per 1 000 bags) from R1 090,98 to R6 222 and the municipality is following the normal procurement policy which will result at some stage soon, in the supply of orange rubbish bags to households.

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