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Reminder - City support is available for community clean-ups<span><p>​​​​​​<br></p><div>Illegal dumping continues to pose a significant challenge in many neighbourhoods across Cape Town. In many places, illegal dumping hotspots are accepted and used regularly by large portions of the surrounding community, as well as opportunistic dumpers, as if they are authorised disposal facilities. Almost as soon as the site is cleared, a new round of dumping occurs.</div><div> </div><div>Despite the allocation of more than R100 million per year for clean-up efforts, the culture of dumping in many areas ensures communities never see the benefit of service delivery for long.<br></div> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span><p>With this in mind, the City would like those residents who are negatively affected by illegal dumping to be important allies in the fight against this crime, by organising community-led clean-ups, or by partnering with sub-councils to beautify dump sites into community gardens.  </p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:1069px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span><p>​​​​​​</p><div>‘Communities that organise clean-ups help to discourage dumping. If the culprits see that communities are making an effort to clean up at dumping hotspots, many will be deterred from dumping there again for fear of reprisal. Those involved in the clean-up will also be more motivated to watch over the site and report anybody who undoes their good work,’ stated Mayoral Committee for Urban Waste Management, Alderman Grant Twigg.</div><div> </div><div>To support these efforts, the Directorate is ready to provide blue refuse bags and assist in the removal of waste collected during the clean-up. If you are interested in this support please consult the relevant guidelines and disclaimers, and then fill out the application form.</div><div><br></div><div>Please note that the provision of bags and assistance with waste removal opportunities should not be misconstrued as a promise of employment in the future. It remains a voluntary action.<br></div> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure>​​</span><div>‘Residents are also encouraged to engage with their local sub-council to explore possible beautification of dump sites that can further deter dumping. 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. </div><div> </div><div>‘Together, we can make a difference in preserving the beauty and cleanliness of our communities. Let's work hand in hand to combat illegal dumping and create a cleaner, greener Cape Town for generations to come,’ said Alderman Twigg.</div><div> </div><div><br></div><div><strong>End</strong><br></div><p><br></p>2024-02-20T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#36a1168d-a508-46b6-bc80-b2e9f2f35a0b;L0|#036a1168d-a508-46b6-bc80-b2e9f2f35a0b|Community and Society;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#a67c5f58-7548-4dd3-88f3-61181d7a9ed1;L0|#0a67c5f58-7548-4dd3-88f3-61181d7a9ed1|social and environmental;GP0|#469cf9db-51bb-4b3c-ab1d-8a1a935a6073;L0|#0469cf9db-51bb-4b3c-ab1d-8a1a935a6073|environment10

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