Residents of Hanover Park say they cannot live like animals after complaints of illegal dumping were heard earlier this month. Two fields in Hanover Park, found along Lansburg and Surran roads, are used by residents to get rid of their unwanted dirt and rubble. Resident Shahied Salie says despite sending their complaints to the City of Cape Town so the City waste department could clear the space, they have not received any joy – even after receiving two reference numbers. “We cannot live like this. The place was cleared only once in the past year and people just keep dumping on these sites. I have complained numerous times but it seems the authorities do not follow up,” Salie says. “They haven’t cleaned over the festive season either. People from Lansburg Road cleaned up the dirt there about two weeks ago but the very next day, people were back to dump on the same spot,” he says. Salie adds they have seen vermin festering at the sites and dead animals are also disposed of here. “It really stinks and children play around this area. It is unhygienic. Something must be done to clean up this mess because people can’t live like this,” he says. Xanthea Limberg, Mayco member for informal settlements, water and waste services and energy, says the City is aware of the complaints. “Before the complaints were made we were already on the ground with mechanical sweepers, manual litter picking and clearing of illegal dumping in Hanover Park and the surrounds,” Limberg says. She confirms only one of the reference numbers given by Salie.“The [one] reference number refers to an illegal dumping matter in 12 Lansburg Road, Hanover Park. The [other] reference number has one digit missing; therefore it is not possible to confirm,” she says. Limberg says the City would clear the area this past Friday. Limberg explains there are penalties for people who find themselves guilty of dumping. According to the law, Limberg says, anyone found guilty of contravening the integrated waste management bylaw “shall on conviction be liable for a fine or a period of imprisonment and the court may in addition order the removal of such waste or determine what measures must be taken by such person”. The bylaw prosecutes:. littering or dumping over 8m³ of waste or any volume of hazardous waste. spillage or leakage of over 8m³ of waste of any volume of hazardous waste without putting in place suitable measures. moving an uncovered or unsecured load of hazardous waste of any volume. moving an uncovered or unsecured load which results in spillage of over 8m³ of waste or any volume of hazardous waste A person who commits any of these offences may be fined between R500 and R10 000 or sent to jail for between six months and three years, or issued both a fine and a jail sentence, Limberg explains.Asked what the community should do if they want anti-dumping signs erected at locations which seem to invite dumping, Limberg says they may request it from the City through the call centre on 0860 103 089 and that “installation will be done within seven working days”.Residents are also urged to report illegal dumping to the call centre, she says. “We have teams in Hanover Park focusing on clearing illegal dumping and street sweeping. “We aim to complete the area before the end of the weekend,” Limberg said on Friday.