Volunteer cleaners losing to polluters

2017-07-17 14:04
Dumping in the Dorpspruit near Jesmond Road has become uncontrollable.

Dumping in the Dorpspruit near Jesmond Road has become uncontrollable. (Supplied)

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Concerned citizens who have taken it upon themselves to clean up their neighbourhood are calling on the municipality to help them clean their stream and ensure laws are adhered to at the landfill site.

Paul Sirilli of Lincoln Meade said the Dorpspruit near the Jesmond Road bridge is in an appalling state with even an old couch floating in the river.

Sirilli is one of the people from the area who walk around on the weekends cleaning up the place.

He said that although they clean up every weekend, it seems as if the more they clean, the more is dumped.

“Unscrupulous” people is what he calls the guilty dumpers.

“This is the city of filth and incompetence,” he said.

Another resident said the condition of the stream “has just worsened each day”.

The resident said they often call the municipality to notify them of the pollution “but there seems to be no department to deal with it”.

Sirilli said he had also found diesel oil and medication dumped at the landfill site. “Surely this is illegal. The so-called security guards do nothing but scavenge all day and chase away the [waste pickers] that are trying to survive while the guards are employed,” alleged Sirilli.

Msunduzi municipal spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha said the municipality does not have the capacity to deal with medical waste.

“The respective medical centres do their own removal. It is a specialised service that is categorised,” Mafumbatha said.

Last year Msunduzi Municipality said they were going all out to encourage residents to recycle household waste. They announced that they would be expanding the kerbside recycling project to all residential areas under the ­municipality.

The initiative started as a pilot programme in 2009 in only three wards, then another ward was added last year.

Richard Rajah, the city’s head of waste management, said the programme would be rolled out to all 37 wards under the municipality.

But, have you seen the recycling project rolled out in your area? If so, please contact Witness Warriors.

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