THE Maritzburg Echo spoke to Ward 18 residents regarding their refuse collection or disposal and how many are forced to dump their waste in open areas, thus leading to illegal dumping and subsequent pollution.In various sections of the township certain areas have been turned into “dump sites”, which are an Ntokozo Ndlovu lives in D section near a large dump site, which she says, has been in existence for several years. She said doctors have told her that living so close to the site makes her sick.“Whenever I see someone throwing their trash here I ask them to dig a hole in their yard where they can dump their waste or burn it,” she said.Ndlovu said one solution would be for the municipality to fence off the area, where they dump, so that people can’t get into dump or use the path that cuts through the dump site and joins two sections of the ward.She said she and her neighbours burn the refuse, which she says, was done as recently as last Saturday.Her neighbour, Ngitheni Ndlovu, said: “This is not healthy and looks terrible.”E-section resident, Mzwandile Zondi, who lives near another dump site in the ward said municipal workers clean the site and put the waste into refuse bags, however, this is only on the last Wednesday of the month with the truck making its rounds the next day.“But by the afternoon of that Thursday, the waste starts piling up again,” he said.Zondi said people dump there because it is at the end of the section and since residents are not provided with refuse bags illegal dumping becomes their only option.“Dogs also create a problem because whenever they go through the dump they create a mess. Sometimes people dump dead animals here too, which then leaves a bad smell,” he said.Zondi said sometimes people dump waste at the gate leading to his yard and on windy days the trash blows into his yard.Ward 18 extension resident, He said sometimes children find used condoms at the site. “We would be happy if something is done about this,” Gwamanda said. The municipality’s response is on page 2.