Alarm over illegal dumping

2016-10-31 11:02
Eastwood resident Graham Tayler stands across from the rubbish dumped on the banks of the Baynespruit river in Willowton. The culprit has yet to be found.

Eastwood resident Graham Tayler stands across from the rubbish dumped on the banks of the Baynespruit river in Willowton. The culprit has yet to be found. (Ian Carbutt)

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Mystery surrounds the origin of the heaps of rubbish littering the banks of the Baynespruit in the Willowton area.

Mostly hidden from the view of the public behind large factory buildings, the rubbish adorning the banks of the Baynespruit lies behind Truck Den KZN, at the back of Macdonald Steel.

Eastwood resident Graham Tayler said it appeared as if the rubbish was dumped along the upper banks of the river regularly, and that he had made several complaints about it to the ward councillor, Mike Amod.

Tayler said he had been complaining for months, however, the rubbish remained and he is concerned that it may be making its way into the river. “The rubbish is just thrown there and builds up. No one does anything about it.”

Amod did not respond to messages from The Witness regarding the illegal dumping at the time of going to print on Sunday afternoon.

Speaking for Truck Den KZN, Ashraf Mohamed said they had erected a wall around the property in an attempt to stop the dumping.

Mohamed said he had seen trucks driving behind their property and dumping rubbish onto the banks.

He said they had put up the fence to prevent anyone from driving along the top of the bank.

An employee from the nearby Hygenic Tissue, who chose not to be named, said their company had reported the illegal dumping around their property, and had tried to clean where possible, but it had not dumped rubbish along the Baynespruit banks.

“We laid complaints because the dumping is happening right outside our property and at the back,” said the employee.

“We have tried to clean it up, but the terrain makes it difficult.

“We have seen people coming by and dumping their rubbish there. There were even one or two altercations when we approached them.”

Msunduzi acting municipal spokesperson Siyabonga Hlongwa said the municipality was “deeply concerned” about the illegal dumping across the area.

“Moreover it is of even greater concern when the waste which is dumped illegally has negative implications on the environment,” said Hlongwa.

“The municipality has alerted and sent out officials from our waste management department to investigate and attend to the matter relating to the Baynespruit location.

“The issue of illegal dumping is treated as a criminal offence in accordance with the legislation and municipal bylaws,” he said.

Hlongwa added that “any member of the public” or company who flouted the bylaw would face charges and prosecution.

“The municipality will ensure that the culprits are identified and it must be noted that whoever is found guilty of committing this act of illegal dumping will face the full might of the law.”

He urged the public to call in illegal dumping sites and said that each incident would be “treated with the urgency it deserves”.

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