Rubbish piles up at dump site

2018-07-18 06:00
Piles of rubbish at the entrance of the Msunduzi landfill that has not been cleared for weeks. PHOTO: nhlanhla nkosi

Piles of rubbish at the entrance of the Msunduzi landfill that has not been cleared for weeks. PHOTO: nhlanhla nkosi

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MOUNDS of uncleared rubbish continue to pile up at the Msunduzi landfill site off New England Road after the site’s compactor and Catepillar broke down.

To make matters worse, workers say that a sub-contract between Sarupens Transport and Plant and Msunduzi Municipality was not renewed.

The company was sub-contracted to provide 15-ton trucks that cart the rubbish to the main site where it is compacted by a large machine.

The site has three designated dump areas, and the one that is being used for small loads of rubbish is overflowing with a mountain of smelly refuse that is narrowing the road making it difficult for vehicles to get to the main dump area.

Workers at the site told The Witness it has not been cleared for weeks as only one bulldozer was functional.

“We have made suggestions for the municipality to hire out trucks to move this rubbish from here but it has all fallen on deaf ears,” said one of the workers.

“It’s unacceptable. In as much as this is a dump site, you can’t have rubbish strewn all over like this. It’s a health hazard for residents who stay in neighbouring areas like Sobantu, Scottsville and Hayfields.”

The workers said they were informed by their supervisor that the spare parts for the faulty bulldozer would only be available in August.

“What will happen is that if it rains, all the vehicles coming in will offload here and the site will have to close down because we will not be able to move this mess,” added another worker.

When The Witness visited the site, rubbish was seen strewn all around the entrance and along its perimeter, as well as across the road.

The site itself had a huge pile of rubbish in one corner and a general waste area filled chest high.

At least four more vehicles entered the site, some with trailers full of waste, while The Witness was there.

A local resident, Lou Corbitt, who uses the dump said he will not go again until the “unsightly, despicable, smelly, eyesore” has been cleaned up.

“I had to take our garden refuse down there and as I passed the first site I saw that it was overflowing with black plastic bags and other refuse, this made me think that I was going to see an even worse sight when I got to the second dump site, well my worst fears came to light.

“I was virtually driving into a mountain of smelly refuse; the road was narrowed by refuse bags, tree stumps and anything you could imagine.”

According to municipal spokesperson, Thobeka Mafumbatha, the front-end loader at the site had to stop working due to the major service that needed to be conducted.

“We are fast tracking this process. The new tip-truck that was bought is in the process of being licensed,” said Mafumbatha.

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