Metro clamps down on illegal waste transporters

2017-03-15 08:20
Deputy Executive Mayor Mongameli Bobani (in the middle) inspecting the level of compliance in a waste transporter vehicle. On the right is Chief Waste Management Enforcement Officer Yusuf Cassim.               Photo:SUPPLIED

Deputy Executive Mayor Mongameli Bobani (in the middle) inspecting the level of compliance in a waste transporter vehicle. On the right is Chief Waste Management Enforcement Officer Yusuf Cassim. Photo:SUPPLIED

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NELSON Mandela Bay’s Deputy Executive Mayor, Mongameli Bobani, led a roadblock manned by Waste Management Law Enforcement Officers to clamp down on illegal waste transporters at the Koedoeskloof Tip in Uitenhage on March 9, 2017.

The operation was a joint effort by Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM) Waste Management Law Enforcement Officers (Town Rangers), the NMBM Metro Police and Safety and Security officials.

In the past four weeks, fines to the total value of more than R40 000 have been issued. Fines vary depending on the nature of the offence, and are between R1 000 and R3 000.

Municipal spokesperson Mthubanzi Mniki explained that waste management transporters are companies or operators who transport waste at a fee from industry, businesses and households to different tip sites across the city.

“These waste transporters are subject to NMBM waste management by-laws that govern the transportation of waste material,” Mniki said.

“In terms of these by-laws, transporters are expected to register as waste transporters, their vehicles must be in a good, legally acceptable condition and a valid license disc must be displayed on the vehicles, which must be driven by licensed drivers who are eligible to drive a vehicle of that particular size.”

The transportation of waste must be done in a safe and well-packaged manner that does not put other road users at risk and the type of waste materials being transported to a particular tip site must comply with the type of waste that the tip site is allowed to receive.

Deputy Executive Mayor Mongameli Bobani said, “This is a start to an intensive programme of cleaning Nelson Mandela Bay. Non-complying operators are no longer going to be tolerated. We will continue with these roadblocks more frequently, issuing fines and making sure that they are paid.

“We are also working through Council processes to increase the amount of fines, as some of the companies or operators continue to break the rules. We are looking at a situation where habitual offenders must be dealt with through much harsher measures.”

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