Strict measures are in place to stop dumping of rubble and other waste. If found guilty, repeat offenders could have their vehicles forfeited, receive fines and impoundment fees of up to R22 400. “The City’s Anti-littering and Dumping Task Team will go out in full force to bring those who dump to book,” read a statement from the City on Tuesday 24 September. The City’s law enforcement department, working closely with other departments such as the metro police, traffic services, water and reticulation and environmental resource management, will implement a zero tolerance enforcement programme. For July and August, the law enforcement department has issued at least 905 littering fines and 168 dumping fines.Mayco member for safety and security JP Smith says: “The City will follow a renewed and integrated approach to clamp down on those who illegally litter and dump waste in public open spaces, parks and City property. “Illegal dumping has a serious effect on the natural and built environment and the City has the responsibility on behalf of residents to protect the environment.”Smith says apart from destroying the environment, including contaminating subterranean and surface water resources as well as possible health risks, dumping can also damage city infrastructure.According to the statement, seizure and impoundment of the vehicle used in dumping will be for the expense of the owner or the person holding or operating the vehicle. The vehicle will not be released unless the case is concluded. Impoundment fees will cost dumpers: R8 700 for the first offence, R11 700 for the second offence and R17 400 for the third offence. In addition to these, the offender will also be issued with a R5 000 for contravening the by-law.Smith says the City requests the public to assist law enforcement officials in reporting any illegal dumping activity “so that the Task Team can act swiftly”. V Residents can report illegal dumping by phoning 0860 103 089, 107 from a landline or 021 480 7700 from a cellphone.