Help to curb dumping

2019-11-12 06:00
Xanthea LimbergPHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

Xanthea LimbergPHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

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The public is urged to work with the City of Cape Town to curb illegal dumping.

This can be done by calling the City’s call centre and report any form of dumping. Callers are advised to try to get details such as an offender’s vehicle registration number or their identity where possible.

Mayco member for water and waste, Xanthea Limberg, says despite the development of extensive infrastructure such as the establishment of drop-off facilities, legislation supporting waste disposal plans, and processes to curb illegal dumping, the problem persists.

Limberg says there are approximately 1 000 dumping hotspots across the city, however, the amount of dumping still exceeds the annual budget of R110 million allocated for clearing of illegal dumping hotspots.

She says the issue places a huge burden on the City’s resources and negatively impacts on its ability to deliver essential services.

“Money could be much better spent elsewhere, on new services and infrastructure.

“Law-abiding residents suffer the consequences of decisions made by those who choose not to dispose of their waste in a safe and legal manner. But for this to change, we need their help in reporting offenders,” says Limberg.

She adds this could change if residents help to identify offenders and make sure “they are brought to book”.

Limberg says a person found to be dumping waste illegally can be issued a section 56 written notice and be fined R5 000 and have their vehicle impounded. “The dumper is also liable for an impoundment release fee of R8 426 before they can reclaim their vehicle,” Limberg says.

She also encourages businessmen and food outlets to apply for extra bins and more frequent collections.

“Areas in which high volumes of food waste are present are unfortunately very attractive to vermin,” Limberg adds.

V The City of Cape Town’s call centre number is 0860 103 089, or if the culprit’s vehicle registration or identity is known, call 021 400 6157 or email solidwaste.bylaw@capetown.gov.za.

The public is urged to work with the City of Cape Town to curb illegal dumping.

This can be done by calling the City’s call centre and report any form of dumping. Callers are advised to try to get details such as an offender’s vehicle registration number or their identity where possible.

Mayco member for water and waste, Xanthea Limberg, says despite the development of extensive infrastructure such as the establishment of drop-off facilities, legislation supporting waste disposal plans, and processes to curb illegal dumping, the problem persists. Limberg says there are approximately 1 000 dumping hotspots across the city, however, the amount of dumping still exceeds the annual budget of R110 million allocated for clearing of illegal dumping hotspots. She says the issue places a huge burden on the City’s resources and negatively impacts on its ability to deliver essential services. “Money could be much better spent elsewhere, on new services and infrastructure. Law-abiding residents suffer the consequences of decisions made by those who choose not to dispose of their waste in a safe and legal manner. But for this to change, we need their help in reporting offenders,” says Limberg. She adds this could change if residents help to identify offenders and make sure “they are brought to book”.

Limberg says a person found to be dumping waste illegally can be issued a section 56 written notice and be fined R5 000 and have their vehicle impounded. “The dumper is also liable for an impoundment release fee of R8 426 before they can reclaim their vehicle,” Limberg says.

V Call centre number is 0860 103 089, 021 400 6157 or email solidwaste.bylaw@capetown.gov.za.

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