Don’t dump just because others do

2015-10-13 06:00
Richard Sissons shows some of the rubbish collected by homeless people, which is left on an open piece of land in the Kreupelbosch area. 

astrid februarie

Richard Sissons shows some of the rubbish collected by homeless people, which is left on an open piece of land in the Kreupelbosch area. PHOTO: astrid februarie

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Concerns about illegal dumping has a resident calling on other residents to respect public spaces and not to use construction sites to dump unwanted items.

Richard Sissons, a Kreupelbosch resident, says he has been monitoring the rubble at several properties in the area and found that at one property someone had dropped off his waste next to the construction bin outside the property a couple of weeks ago.

“I am concerned about this behaviour as property owners try their best to ensure they keep the area clean and in order where the construction equipment or materials are kept,” he says.

Despite the fact that the dumped waste was removed, Sissons still wants to ensure that residents are made aware of it.

He says the dumping might be due to the closure of the Ladies Mile drop-off site, since people now find it more convenient to throw their rubbish away at properties where there is rubble outside.

People’s Post previously reported that the City council was taking several steps to ensure the Retreat drop-off facility in 10th Avenue was ready for the influx of traffic after the closure of the Ladies Mile drop-off facility (“Rubbish dump readied for rush”, 29 September).

The City of Cape Town advised that the facility would close permanently at the end of September. This is to make way for a successful land restitution claim, and the land is to be handed to the regional land claims commissioner.

Official drop-off sitesResidents can make use of the Retreat, Wynberg or Hout Bay drop-off facilities or the Coastal Park landfill site in Zee­koeivlei.

Sissons believes the closure of the facility has led to this unwanted behaviour. He is calling on all residents to report anyone dumping his rubbish on another’s property or in an open space.

“I would also like to raise my concerns with regard to anyone paying someone to drop off their unwanted items, especially if the person is not from a reputable company. There have been incidents where the rubbish was just dumped in open spaces,” he says.

Sissons adds that homeless people are also given residents’ unwanted items or collect rubbish from bins. Their throwaway items are then dumped in open fields. This, he believes, also attracts people to dumping.

“I understand that people want to give to the homeless, but they are urged to give responsibility. We need to keep our community clean.

“If your property looks like a tip, it will become a tip,” he says

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