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City’s anti-dumping blitz sends warning to offenders<br><span><figure class="figure-credits right"><img src="" alt="placeholder" class="responsive" style="width:505px;" /><figcaption> <p>© City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> <div>The anti-dumping operation, which took place in hotspots across Khayelitsha, Kuils River, Mfuleni, Macassar and Eerste River, is part of the of the City’s constant city-wide fight against the scourge of illegal dumping and gross environmental/other transgressions. Many of the areas which were focused on also border nature reserves. The fines that were issued for illegal dumping alone amounted to R30 000.</div><div><br></div><div>The City’s Solid Waste Management, Law Enforcement, Environmental Resource Management, and Health departments, along with Cape Nature, took part in the operation. </div><div><br></div><div>‘Apart from taking action to ensure that transgressors are punished, our operation was about promoting education and awareness and intervening in specific areas to prevent further environmental degradation. Many of the areas that we inspected are situated next to or close to our sensitive and protected nature reserves. </div><div><br><span><figure class="figure-credits left"><img src="" alt="placeholder" class="responsive" style="width:498px;" /><figcaption> <p>© City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> <p></p></span><div>‘In addition, illegal dumping and other contraventions have a direct effect on our communities and it is often the most vulnerable residents who pay the price. Frankly speaking, the City does not have the financial or human resources to police the actions of transgressors or would-be transgressors every minute of every day. We need to work together to prevent illegal dumping and other negative environmental actions,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy, Environmental and Spatial Planning, Councillor Johan van der Merwe. </div><div><br></div><div>On average, illegal dumping costs the City more than R350 million per year. The City provides a highly reliable refuse collection service 365 days a year. Additionally, with 25 drop-off facilities across the city, there is no excuse for dumping waste illegally in suburbs and next to roads. The City has several solid waste drop-off sites where members of the community can safely dispose of their waste at no cost. Those using contractors to dispose of their waste must ensure that the contractors are disposing of the waste and rubble in a responsible manner without damage to people or the environment. </div><div><span><figure class="figure-credits right"><img src="" alt="placeholder" class="responsive" style="width:576px;" /><figcaption> <p>© City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> <p></p></span><div>‘Those who dump illegally take a deliberate decision not to make use of the City’s drop-off facilities. It is simply unsustainable. Every cent that we spend on having to clean up mounds of illegally dumped objects and litter could have been spent on improving community facilities.</div><div><br></div><div>‘What also happens is that the blockages which occur as a result of illegal dumping cause sewers, drains and stormwater channels to overflow. It may even cause localised flooding. It is time that the law-abiding residents of the city stop suffering the consequences of decisions made by those who refuse to dispose of their waste in a safe and legal way,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Utility Services, Alderman Ernest Sonnenberg. </div><div><br></div><div>The City will continue to ensure that offenders are brought to book. ‘We need residents to name-and-shame offenders and to help us to identify these persons. If we do not get the support from our residents, we will not be able to win the fight against illegal dumping and other unlawful actions,’ said Councillor Van der Merwe. </div><div><br></div><div>Illegal dumping can be reported to the City’s Call Centre on 0860 103 089.</div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>End</strong></div></div></div><div><strong><br></strong></div></span>2016-11-27T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#0113a19a-9f30-4410-bedb-736337f0d4b4;L0|#00113a19a-9f30-4410-bedb-736337f0d4b4|illegal dumping;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#a033bd4c-8615-40e1-9208-ac860266052b;L0|#0a033bd4c-8615-40e1-9208-ac860266052b|Enviromental Hazards;GPP|#0113a19a-9f30-4410-bedb-736337f0d4b4;GP0|#6350e515-6afc-44e9-985a-ce8e7058fb6e;L0|#06350e515-6afc-44e9-985a-ce8e7058fb6e|anti-dumping1


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