Now Signal Hill turns dumpsite

2015-07-02 08:07
Msunduzi started with the clean-up of Phayiphini's illegal dump yesterday morning.

Msunduzi started with the clean-up of Phayiphini's illegal dump yesterday morning. (Chelsea Pieterse)

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WITH the clean-up of the hazardous illegal dumpsite in Phayiphini in full swing, it appears Signal Hill is also turning into a site where people are dumping asbestos.

The dumpsite in Phayiphini, which was discovered by the Duzi-uMngeni Conservation Trust (Duct), is a catchment area for one of the main tributaries of Ashdown River and is overflowing with garden refuse, general waste, asbestos, rotting animals and medical waste.

The Msunduzi Municipality has since begun work on cleaning the dumpsite to remove the hazardous waste from the site, which is right on the doorsteps of the Phayiphini community.

One of the ward councillors for the Phayiphini area, Glenn McArthur, said an illegal dump with material that was possibly asbestos, had started building up in Signal Hill.

He said although the area had recently been cleared by the municipality, yesterday afternoon, the area had gathered mounds of general waste and what appeared to be decomposing asbestos.

“It all comes down to a lack of law enforcement when it comes to illegal dumping,” he said.

He said if fines had been issued when people first started dumping the waste illegally in Phayiphini and Signal Hill, it would have greatly discouraged others from using the site.

Msunduzi municipal spokesperson Nqobile Madonda said yesterday that they monitored the site in Signal Hill regularly and had recently removed waste from the area.

“We will request the waste department to clean the area.

“We will also ask them to look through the waste as they may be able to trace a person’s address by the items that are dumped.

“The waste department will be in contact with EnviroServ to start on the removal of the asbestos in Phayiphini and we will be clamping down on security in both Phayiphini and Signal Hill.”

She said if the municipality caught anyone dumping illegally they would be fined anywhere between R1 000 and R10 000 depending on the quantity and materials they were dumping.

Duct’s Doug Burden said yesterday Duct would not be removing the asbestos from the Phayiphini site as the Msunduzi Municipality had stated in yesterday’s article that Duct was not registered to remove hazardous waste

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