Illegal dumping is soul destroying

Illegal dumping in Greenstone.

Illegal dumping continues to be a problem for residents of Modderfontein.

Following an article published recently by the NEWS about illegal dumping in Modderforntein, Margie Howitt, a Heritage Estate resident, said illegal dumping in the area has become a big problem.

“It is most disgusting, sad and soul destroying. People have indeed just dumped whatever they wish to dump, leaving residents in the area feeling embarrassed when visitors come through such a terrible area,” said Margie.

She pleaded with the City of Johannesburg (CoJ) to sort out the unfinished work at the traffic lights near Peace Street.

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“We are also pleading with people who are looking for jobs, to approach the council in order to clean up the entire area all along the pavements, down Peace Street and on all the corners.

“Once that is done, the municipality must put barbed wire along the entire area as was done down Club Street near the dip where the dumping yard is. We have to take action because this is shocking.”

Muzi Mkhwanazi, the communications manager for Pikitup, said they have received complaints about illegal dumping on Peace Street and have since cleared it, but illegal dumping in the area is ongoing.

“What compounds the situation is that there are waste reclaimers who recycle on the site and as a result, litter there as well,” he said.

Muzi said if caught, those who are found guilty will be fined R1500 for illegal dumping, and R2800 to get their truck out of the pound.

“If community members see someone dumping illegally, they must send photos of the offenders to the deputy director, Zed Mangaliso. The registration number of the vehicle especially should be sent to 082 779 1361. The photos must be sent via WhatsApp,” he added.

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Muzi said the area could be rehabilitated but not necessarily with barbed wire unless it’s municipal-owned land.

“Eradicating illegal dumping sites such as the one under discussion is a collective responsibility. Pikitup encourages residents to take ownership of open spaces in their areas and to protect them against illegal dumpers.

“It is against this background that A Re Sebetseng, which is a voluntary monthly clean-up campaign, was introduced. The campaign emphasises the collective approach needed to eradicate illegal dumping and keep Johannesburg clean. However over and above this, Pikitup is also encouraging residents to report illegal dumpers to the number provided above,” said Muzi.

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Buli Sonqishe

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