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City partners with communities to beautify dumping hotspots in Goodwood and Ruyterwacht <p>​</p><span><p>Illegal dumping is an ongoing challenge across many communities in Cape Town. While the City budgets more than R100 million annually in efforts to clear dumping from almost 3 000 'hotspots', piles of dumped waste reappear almost immediately after the spaces are cleared. Illegal dumping has clearly become business as usual at these sites, and drastic action will be required to change the entrenched behaviours.  </p><p>For this reason, the UWM Directorate is working with the Recreation and Parks Department from the CS&H Directorate to beautify dumping hotspots around the city. With the help of local community members, and members of the neighbourhood watch, waste was removed from two identified sites, indigenous flora was planted and landscaping was done.</p><p> </p><p>The latest sites that benefitted are located in Milton Street on Goodwood and Orange Street in Ruyterwacht. <br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:1069px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span><p>Involving residents in the beautification effort is an important part of the intervention. When residents are involved in creating a space for the community they feel a greater sense of ownership, and are more likely to make the effort to monitor and maintain the area. This will hopefully deter those who use the site for quick and dirty waste disposal.</p><p> </p><p>'Illegally dumped waste often acts like a magnet for further dumping. People are far more likely to dump on an existing pile of waste than they are to dump on a clean piece of land where good people congregate. This is why beautification of hotspots can be very effective.  </p><p> </p><p>'The City is always looking for innovative solutions to deal with dumping hotspots, but capacity and budget is limited, and we will often need to rely upon partnerships with the community,' said Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Waste Management, Alderman Grant Twigg.</p><p> </p><p>Residents and community <strong>groups who would like to explore possible partnerships to reduce dumping</strong> within their areas are encouraged to make <strong>contact with the Events and Partnerships team at </strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>SolidWaste.</strong></span><a href="" target="_blank"><strong></strong></a><span style="text-decoration:underline;">.</span> </p><p>The Recreation and Parks Department undertakes a key role in nurturing community-driven collaborations through formal agreements with 'Friends Groups', facilitating ongoing development and maintenance efforts for the City's parks. <strong>To officially establish Friends of Parks groups or to gain further insights into this initiative</strong>, residents and community groups are encouraged to contact <strong>David Dunn at </strong><a href="" target="_blank"><strong></strong></a>.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:1069px;" /> </figure>​​</span><p>Although there are no guarantees that resources will be available for beautification projects at the time of contact, your details will be kept on file for when future partnership opportunities arise. This could involve beautification or another kind of intervention. </p><p> </p><p>'Because illegal dumping attracts more illegal dumping, it is vitally important that residents in worst-affected communities make the extra effort to use the services offered by the City for waste disposal. Team work makes the dream work,' added Alderman Twigg.  </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>The City provides a weekly refuse collection service to both formal and recognised informal households.</p><p>Property owners or landlords, with backyarders or tenants, are encouraged to apply for extra bins to contain the waste their tenants generate on the property. The additional bin will be charged at the standard tariff, to cover increased costs associated with servicing the property. This is an important step for preventing dumping and pollution in communities.<br></p><p><br></p>2023-11-30T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#4b1b24a5-7c8b-4e8c-96f0-5483378a8ab3;L0|#04b1b24a5-7c8b-4e8c-96f0-5483378a8ab3|illegal disposal;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#90ff6e6b-739b-4655-9dcf-f0afbedab142;L0|#090ff6e6b-739b-4655-9dcf-f0afbedab142|Dumping10

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