Residents: ‘Greytown dump site is a disaster’

2020-01-29 06:01
photo: andile sithole Overflowing waste skips at the Greytown dumpsite.

photo: andile sithole Overflowing waste skips at the Greytown dumpsite.

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RESIDENTS and business owners along Gordon Street in Greytown have called on authorities to empty the overflowing waste skips at the Greytown dump site.

These overflowing skips have left many residents complaining about the horrid smell coming from the area.

According to some of the residents, the site was last cleared in early December and the skips have not been removed since then.

According to health inspectors, Waste Management, Parks and Recreation is responsible for the maintenance of the site.

Resident Simphiwe Ngubane said: “Despite numerous complaints made by the residents to appeal to the authorities to empty the site every week, waste skips are still overflowing.

“We want to know what leads to this delay that undermines the dignity of residents.

“In order to address this problem, the department responsible for cleaning the site should clear the site everyday because there are businesses along Gordon Street. The dump site is a disaster,” he said.

The Greytown Gazette published a story last year to highlight the conditions at the dump site. Some of the business owners in the area even threatened to shut down their businesses because of the issue.

Last week, the Gazette visited the area once again, after residents complained about overflowing waste skips.

Private cars and trucks coming to offload waste materials had to use alternative access roads to offload their domestic waste.

Nguabne added: “The waste skips are overflowing with rotten domestic waste.”

Bongiwe Mchunu from the Umvoti Municipality Waste Management, Parks and Recreation department said teams are dispatched on a daily basis to clean the site.

“It’s not true that the waste skips have not been emptied since December.

“Our teams are working on the site everyday and [take the domestic waste] to the Msunduzi landfill site,” Mchunu said, adding that plans to open a new landfill site in Greytown are at an advanced stage.

“Umvoti Local Municipality, in partnership with uMzinyathi District Municipality, will open a new regional landfill site for Umvoti and uMzinyathi residents.

“The dumping site that we have at the moment is a temporal site because we transport the waste skips to the Msunduzi landfill site.

“Umvoti Municipality donated land where the new landfill site will be based,” Mchunu said. She added that the new regional site will be open at the end of March.

uMzinyathi District Municipality health inspector Ntombifuthi Mbatha said: “Our duty as health inspectors is to monitor environmental affairs and efforce [by-laws].”

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