Pricey consequences for dumping

2019-09-17 06:00
Mayor Dan Plato poses with the people who were involved in the clean up.

Mayor Dan Plato poses with the people who were involved in the clean up.

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Cape Town mayor Dan Plato recently visited Vygieskraal in Athlone as part of his clean-up campaign.

The campaign is not just about cleaning but also about creating awareness about illegal dumping in the communities.

“The campaign encourages communities to keep their neighbourhoods clean.” It has had a meaningful impact and inspired organisations and communities to host their own clean-ups,” he said.

He said he is pleased that the importance of his message continues to spread. He added he hopes for it to lead to a fundamental and sustained change in the way residents dispose of their refuse.

His hope is for the communities where the clean-up operations have taken place to understand the value of the campaign. He also encouraged them to take pride in keeping their neighbourhoods neat and tidy.

According to Plato, an additional R115million has been allocated to deal with grime. He said they need to build the momentum of the successes of what has been achieved so far.

“Our staff in the solid waste management department work hard to keep neighbourhoods clean through weekly refuse removal, but the goal is to get communities to do their part too,” he added.

He emphasised that illegal dumping is harmful and is against the law. He warned people involved in illegal dumping about the consequences thereof.

“Vehicles used in illegal dumping can be confiscated and a release fee of nearly R16 000 will be charged, over-and-above the fines issued for dumping,” he explained.

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