Piling litter a concern

2019-06-25 06:00
Mariana Gouws shows plastic that blew into her yard. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

Mariana Gouws shows plastic that blew into her yard. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

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A Pinelands resident is at her wits’ end as she can’t deal with the amount of litter that ends up in her yard.

Mariana Gouws says the dirt comes from Jan Smuts Drive and she suspects that the dirt is either blown out of trucks that carry dirt or just reckless motorists that throw dirt out of their car windows, and she has to deal with all the dirt piling up in her yard.

Last month, she left it to pile up and invited People’s Post to see for themselves what she has to deal with daily.

Gouws says she can’t take it anymore.

“This is so unacceptable. This just goes to show how people care less for the environment. I have to deal with this every day and I can’t anymore. Motorists must learn to be responsible and not throw things out of their cars,” she says.

Taking the People’s Post around her yard, the visibly irritated woman pointed out cement packs, chips packs, bread plastic bags, grocery packs, polystyrene containers among other things.

“One day I even found an invoice from a bakery in Bellville in my yard. I have never been to Bellville. And the bread plastics I get here is stuff that I don’t even buy. Something must be done because this can’t go on forever. I’m sick and tired of cleaning after someone’s mess,” she says.

Gouws has been dealing with this for years, with no solution to her problem in sight. She believes if there was a hefty fine for people that litter, she wouldn’t be dealing with this. “In countries like Hong Kong and Singapore, this is a punishable offence. People are more careful there. We must have that in this country as well. Residents must be active citizens and report when they see someone throwing stuff out of their car windows or a lorry transporting things and they are flying out. All these must be reported,” she suggests.

She has reported this to her ward councillor, Brain Watkyns, who says he has addressed a lot of issues raised by Gouws but this is one that he has been struggling with to find a viable solution. “This is a difficult one and we have not found a solution to it. I suggested to her at some point to raise her wall. We are looking at resolving this, but we have not found her solution yet,” he says.

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