Area gets own waste dump

2017-11-07 06:00
Illegal dumping in Kensington and Factreton will become a thing of the past after the construction of a new Kensington drop-off facility is completed.

Illegal dumping in Kensington and Factreton will become a thing of the past after the construction of a new Kensington drop-off facility is completed.

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The prolonged issue of illegal dumping in Kensington and Factreton may soon be a thing of the past as the City of Cape Town is reportedly planning to build a non-perishable drop-off facility.

It will be built on the open land near Dapper Road in 13th Avenue, Kensington.

According to the Kenfac ratepayers’ association, construction is expected to start in two weeks’ time, with the possibility of jobs for locals.

Leslie John Swartz says the association has been trying to find a solution to local illegal dumping since 2011.

They lodged an application with the City in 2013. He says they are glad the City has finally announced plans to start work on the site.

Swartz says: “Since the inception of our association we have been repeatedly mandated by the residents to help combat the scourge of haphazard and illegal dumping that plagues our community.”

He says this will bring environmental benefits to the area since, he says, illegal dumping has been one of the biggest problems in Kenfac.

He says this is because some residents cannot afford to transport their waste to the available facilities.

He says once the construction is completed a maintenance plan will be established.

Swartz says the dump is expected to be a size of 100m2. It will not allow recycling programmes or take domestic waste.

Swartz encourages residents to take advantage of the facility once it is finished. He says the ratepayers’ association believes there is a need for campaigns to educate residents about how to effectively use the drop-off facility. “Working together with the solid waste inspectorate for our area, we also have a small focus on education and public awareness and we hope in the future to take this to the many schools in our area.”

Earlier this year People’s Post reported on a number of complaints about illegal dumping in the area (“Graffiti, litter at church ‘uncalled for’”, People’s, Post, 16 May).

Resident Fadia Gamieldiean says she thinks the facility will be convenient for them and promote a culture of safely disposing of waste, which is something they have not been able to do in years.

At the time of going to print, a City spokesperson said officials were not yet ready to comment on the drop-off facility plans.

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