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Prevent illegal dumping<span> <h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​What is illegal dumping?​​​​​​​</h2></span> <p>Illegal dumping is the depositing, discharging, spilling or releasing of any kind of waste in or on any public space. This includes waste that is loose or in boxes, barrels or bags.</p><p>Although we have a number of <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/work%20and%20business/commercial-utility-services/commercial-solid-waste-services/integrated-waste-management-plans">waste management strategies and services</a> in place for dealing with all types of waste, we have a dumping problem in Cape Town. It is one of the biggest challenges that we face. It is expensive, damages our environment and is harmful to ourselves and our animals.</p> <span> <div class="notification with-heading dark-copy pink bg-light-grey"><div class="graphic with-border"> <i class="info note">​​​</i> </div><div class="desc"><h4>Please note</h4><p> <b></b>Dumping on any public land is illegal and an offence. We work closely with SAPS in illegal dumping investigations. If you are found guilty of dumping illegally you could be fined between R500 and R10 000 and could get a prison sentence of 6 months to 2 years. <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/City-Connect/Report/Municipal-services-and-maintenance/Submit-a-service-request/Submit%20a%20service%20request%20online">Report illegal dumping</a>.</p></div></div></span><span> <h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​The high cost of illegal dumping in the community and the environment​​​​​​​</h2></span> <p>It costs us R350 million every year to clean up illegal dumping. Cleaning up illegally dumped waste is about 20 times more expensive than collecting it from individual wheelie bins, as specialised equipment, including front-end loaders, must be hired to remove the waste.</p><p>Rubbish from littering <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/residential-utility-services/residential-water-and-sanitation-services/prevent-blocked-sewers">blocks drains and stormwater canals</a>, pollutes our waterways and can contaminate our drinking water. Waste pollution also harms plant and animal life by damaging their natural environments.</p><p> Medical waste (also known as Healthcare Risk Waste) is a form of <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/Residential-utility-services/Residential-solid-waste-services/hazardous-waste">hazardous waste</a> and can spread infections and disease; and illegally dumped toxic waste is a potentially lethal threat to our communities.</p> <span> <h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​Illegal dumping clogs our city​​​​​​​</h2></span> <p>Each month, we attend to numerous sewer and toilet blockages and clear illegally dumped materials from open spaces. On a daily basis, we also unblock full-flush toilets in informal settlements. Toilet blockages are also a problem throughout the metro where there are public toilets.</p><h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​Help us control illegal dumping​​​​​​​</h2><h4>Look out for our big green bins</h4><p>Green waste bins have been placed near public toilets and toilets in informal settlements as part of an ongoing waste management effort so that residents can dispose of waste properly. Eventually these bins will be placed in all informal settlements where we are legally able to place them.</p> <h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​Play your part in preventing illegal dumping​​​​​​​</h2><ul><li>Dispose of your waste only in bins and at approved <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/See-all-City-facilities/Our-service-facilities/Drop-off%20facilities"> drop-offs</a> or <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/See-all-City-facilities/Our-service-facilities/Landfills">landfill sites</a></li><li>Buy additional waste bins if you need them</li><li>Make others aware of the importance of keeping our environment clean and litter free</li><li>Fence off your property to prevent others from dumping on it</li><li>Read more about our <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/departments-city-initiatives/solid-waste-management/green-litter-bin-education-and-awareness-project-for-informal-settlements">Green Litter Bin Education and Awareness Project for Informal Settlements</a></li> <strong></strong></ul> <span> <h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​Report illegal dumping​​​​​​​</h2></span> <p>To report illegal dumping in your community, contact:</p><h4>City Call Centre</h4><p> <em> <a>0860 103 089</a></em></p><p>If you have the person's vehicle registration number and/or can identify them:</p><p> <em>Telephone:<br><a> 021 444 6231</a>/ <a> 021 444 6224</a> / <a> 021 444 6223</a><br><br> Email:<br><a href="mailto:solidwaste.bylaw@capetown.gov.za">solidwaste.bylaw@capetown.gov.za</a><em>. </em></em></p> <span> <div class="notification with-heading white-copy yellow bg-darker-grey"><div class="graphic"> <i class="info citycard">​​</i></div><div class="desc"><h4>City Connect</h4><p> <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/City-Connect/Report/Municipal-services-and-maintenance/Submit-a-service-request/Submit%20a%20service%20request%20online">Report illegal dumping online</a></p></div></div></span><span> <h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​Contact us</h2> <h4>City Call Centre</h4> <p> <em>Telephone:<br><a> 0860 103 089​​​</a><br><br>Email:<br><a href="mailto:wastewise@capetown.gov.za">wastewise@capetown.gov.za</a></em></p> <em></em></span>GP0|#374cc13f-9468-461e-b9e3-1c5e85ee2983;L0|#0374cc13f-9468-461e-b9e3-1c5e85ee2983|Prevent illegal dumping;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GPP|#69af3a35-ae90-45eb-8557-9dcd3cb9880b;GPP|#36dcb5fe-6bfc-4ae9-92d7-8bd08d1f6414;GPP|#af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752;GP0|#5c3fe265-578d-4ff1-b167-db9f80399201;L0|#05c3fe265-578d-4ff1-b167-db9f80399201|Prevent illegal dumping;GPP|#03d7df1d-5cbf-4874-a5be-4276bc4cceea;GPP|#df0a3405-0ca1-4617-8047-15a034219fee;GPP|#245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711;GP0|#286a2f83-125a-4de4-8c68-cb805d80269a;L0|#0286a2f83-125a-4de4-8c68-cb805d80269a|Prevent illegal dumping;GPP|#d4956a09-99ad-4d97-9921-0cf7e06b961c;GPP|#a3964d56-b74d-4d64-95c1-ff381a88a277Dumping is highly illegal, costs us money and is harmful to our communities and the environment. 0

 

 

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