Dumpers must come clean

2020-02-25 06:01
An illegal dumping hotspot in Mowbray. PHOTO:

An illegal dumping hotspot in Mowbray. PHOTO:

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Despite inroads made by the City of Cape Town’s Keep Cape Town Clean campaign launched last year, illegal dumping remains a challenge in the Mowbray area.

Barbara Breedt, the general manager of the Groote Schuur Community Improvement District (GSCID), says illegal dumping hotspots in Mowbray include John Street, Durban Road, Liesbeek River trail and all vacant land.

Breedt says dumping happens at all hours of the day. “We suspect that members of the public are leaving unwanted items outside on bin days. These items are then collected and often left in random spots in the area.”

The GSCID relies on its officers, Chrysalis interns, and the public, as well as the cleaning supervisor, to report dumping sites found in the area.

“Depending on the nature and type of refuse found, we either log a maintenance request (C3) with the City or we remove it with our trailer,” says Breedt.

The integrated waste management bylaw prohibits illegal dumping.

Transgressions of the bylaw will result in a spot fine of R500 to R5 000.

The courts can also impose harsher fines of up to R25 000 or more, depending on the severity of the offence.

Vehicles used in illegal dumping can be confiscated and a release fee of nearly R16 000 will be charged, over-and-above the fines issued for dumping.

Mayco member for water and waste Xanthea Limberg says the City operates a network of 24 drop-off sites (listed on the City’s website) where residents with vehicles with a carrying capacity less than 1.5t can dispose of three loads for free every day.

“The facilities are placed to ensure, as far as possible, no resident needs to travel more than 7km to get to their nearest site,” says Limberg.

“Should residents have bigger vehicles, they will be redirected to a landfill site where charges will be incurred per ton or part thereof. The charge for a ton of waste disposed at a landfill site is R507.74 excluding VAT,” she explains.

The City asks residents to dispose of their waste only in bins and at approved drop-off or landfill sites, to fence off their properties to prevent others from dumping on it and to buy additional waste bins if needed.

“Residents can apply for additional bins for their refuse. The City will bill them for the additional bins at the City’s approved tariffs. Currently, a bin costs R158.35 per month, excluding VAT,” says Limberg.

GSCID urges residents to report illegal dumping when they see it.

“We also request that unwanted items are disposed of correctly and not left in the street or next to their bins,” says Breedt.

Faults and service requests can be reported using the following options:

  • The City’s service requests website www.eservices1.capetown.gov.za;
  • Email contactUS@capetown.gov.za;
  • SMS 31373 (no more than 160 characters);
  • The City’s general call centre on 086 010 3089.

Residents who have a culprit’s vehicle registration number or can identify the person, can call 021 400 6157 or email solidwaste.bylaw@capetown.gov.za.

  • To report illegal dumping, call 0860 103 089.


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