Illegal dumping curbed

2019-10-08 06:00
A group of volunteers cleaning up the Kenfac streets.

A group of volunteers cleaning up the Kenfac streets.

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Since the drop-off facility for non-perishable waste in 13th Avenue in Kensington was opened a year ago, littering has decreased (“Waste woes curbed”, People’s Post, 25 September 2018).

This is according to Leslie John Swartz, the chairperson of the KenFac Ratepayers’ Association’s illegal dumping sub-committee.

He spoke to People’s Post shortly after completing a clean-up project with a team of volunteers on Saturday 28 September. They cleaned up the area between Fifth Avenue in Kensington to 18th Avenue in Factreton.

A clean-up is held almost every second month, depending on the availability of funds, to raise awareness about keeping the area neat and tidy.

Swartz says even though there are residents who still fail to do their part, most make use of the City of Cape Town’s refuse removal services by either leaving their bins out to be collected or by taking their garbage straight to the waste facility.

He says they’re still struggling on the Factreton side, attributing it to the high number of backyarders living in the area.

“There is a shortage of bins which means litter piles up until the next collection day,” Swartz says.

He thanked the residents who volunteered to help clean the area.

“Many thanks to all the cleaning volunteers, donors and sustainability partners for your continued support.”

Eight residents volunteered. Swartz says they were compensated for their time to show appreciation and to inspire them to continue contributing to their community.

He says the R70 compensation per volunteer is made possible through regular donors who support the idea of creating clean communities.

Swartz says the volunteers are a group of unemployed residents, mostly youth who. despite their social challenges, try to give back to their community.

“We do not marginalise anyone, it is their way of giving back and this (the compensation) is a little token of our appreciation,” he says.

Helen Jacobs, the councillor for ward 56, confirms the drop-off facility for non-perishable waste is effective in Kenfac but says more awareness needs to be done to make sure everyone makes use of it.

She says while most people use it effectively, some still bring perishable goods to the facility.

Jacobs also acknowledges the shortage of bins in some households.

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