Prestbury community joins hands to stop illegal dumping

2015-07-23 10:34
The Prestbury community rallied together yesterday to stop the beginnings of an illegal dump site in a residential area in their suburb.

The Prestbury community rallied together yesterday to stop the beginnings of an illegal dump site in a residential area in their suburb. (Russell George)

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THE Prestbury community joined hands this week in a bid to stop a contractor’s illegal dumping in their suburb.

The suburb’s community watch ­WhatsApp group was alerted to dumping on Milliken Road on Tuesday afternoon after an alert resident posted a photograph of a bakkie dumping building rubble, and its number plate.

A quick investigation by the community found that the contractor responsible was Imbali firm Las Aluminium Windows and Frames.

Prestbury Community Watch founder Russell George said the community worked quickly together to put a stop to a problem that could have become a huge headache for the suburb.

“You find one person will dump a plastic bag somewhere, and then more people come along and dump their waste in the same place and, before you know it, it’s this huge problem that could have been stopped if someone had acted in time.”

With the name and cellphone number of the company, George said he approached the police yesterday as he had wanted to lay a charge against the illegal dumper. However, there was uncertainty as to who the property belongs to.

“If the property belongs to the municipality or to Sanral (South African National Roads Agency) then it is up to them to lay charges.”

Las Aluminium Windows and Frames owner Lindiwe Shange said she had not been aware that her driver had been dumping rubble illegally in Prestbury.

“I was not aware of this until I was called about it earlier today [yesterday].

“I will organise with the driver and make sure the rubble is cleared and moved to a proper landfill site,” she said.

George said he was thankful for such an amazing community.

“It is amazing to see a community come together like this.

“I want to say a big thank you to all the people who helped to find the company responsible for the dumping.”

Msunduzi municipal spokesperson Nqobile Madonda said yesterday that residents are encouraged to contact the waste department at 033 392 5359 so it can clean the affected area.

“In most cases we only get to know of an ‘illegal dumpsite’ once it is a fully-fledged one.

“We humbly request that if people spot the illegal dumpers to report those immediately to our security control office at 033 392 3713 so that they can be apprehended on the spot.”

She said people caught dumping illegally could be fined from R1 000 upwards.
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