Residents urge municipality to act on Illegal dumping

2017-07-19 06:03
The ‘dump site’ on the corner of Wensley Dale and David Baxter roads.PHOTOS : LETHIWE MAKHANYA

The ‘dump site’ on the corner of Wensley Dale and David Baxter roads.PHOTOS : LETHIWE MAKHANYA

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ILLEGAL dumping has become a problem in Pietermaritzburg.

People are not obeying municipal bylaws which prohibits illegal dumping.

This has raised residents’ concerns, mainly those in Scottsville.

They say illegal dumping has not only made their suburb smelly and filthy, it also attracts criminals. They say the municipality needs to take charge and clean up illegal dumping spots.

On the corner of Wensley Dale and David Baxter roads, there is a “no dumping” sign, but that hasn’t stopped people from dumping there.

A resident, who spoke to Maritzburg Fever but asked to remain anonymous, said they are concerned about the situation.

“This is very worrying and does not sit well with us as residents. People come here and dump all the kinds of rubbish. The smell is unbearable.

“The municipality needs to take a stand and clean this mess, then people won’t throw rubbish [anywhere]. People are doing this because they see this place is not cleaned. There is grass and trees that are not cut. They see this as an opportunity to dump,” he said.

Residents claim that because the area hasn’t been cleaned since last year, they have been forced to use their own money to cut the nearby trees as criminals used it as a hiding place to rob people who walk by.

They also claim the municipality is partly responsible for the problem.

“People clean their houses on weekends. The dump site on Woodhouse Road closes early on weekend and by the time people are finished cleaning the house, the dump site is closed so they just dump anywhere,” said one resident.

“Municipality needs to clean these illegal dump sites and do something about them. They can even open parks instead of abandoning them like that,” said another resident.

Msunduzi spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha said there are various illegal dumping areas that are within the municipal area of jurisdiction and they are doing as much as they can to clear them.

“When an illegal dumping site is identified we clear it and use that piece of land for something else.

“Residents are not following the refuse removal schedule and it is costing the municipality to remove out of schedule. People must adhere to the schedule and report any perpetrators of illegal dumping as this may lead to a refuse collection fee hike to meet the demands created by illegal dumping,” said Mafumbatha.

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