Litter problem needs to be addressed
I have always felt proud that Knysna was not strewn with litter like the big cities, but having completed the Park Run this Saturday I have to express disappointment that that is no longer the case.
I saw rubbish bins overflowing – some in fact emptied onto the ground – and several broken supermarket trollies lying in a stream, along with general litter.
Only a few metres away along the railway line (next to Tait Marine) there are squatters living under the old trains with rubbish all around them. Their little community has doubled in less than a week and is the first thing our holidaymakers will see as they walk or drive along to Thesen Island’s shops and restaurants.
Those of us who moved to Knysna from the big cities will know that once a small group start squatting, it doesn’t take long for this to become a large community, almost impossible to relocate. Can we be assured that this will be addressed by the municipality as soon as possible and prime beauty spots in our town will be kept free of rubbish and litter? We have enough devastation from the fires, let’s not add to it with man-made eyesores.
Municipal manager, Kam Chetty responds:
The municipality acknowledges that litter, especially around the lagoon (Transfer Station and at the back of Food Lover’s Market) is an ongoing problem and urge the public to assist them by complying to the litter law. They further ask that residents report any litterbugs and urge litterers to use bins available.
Litter is a problem that affects all, including our sensitive estuary and our natural wildlife. The litter problem needs to be addressed collectively. Besides our solid waste department, together with law enforcement working in a silo to resolve this problem, they ask Greater Knysna residents to assist. The departments have requested Transnet to remove all the carriages from the railway line at the transfer station and have further requested permission to enclose the property for safety reasons. At this stage they have not received any feedback from Transnet.
The municipality asks residents to further be vigilant and assist in educating vagrants who bring litter/bags from the CBD to the area where bins overflow and litter lies strewn around them.
To successfully address the litter issue of Greater Knysna, the municipality needs the assistance of its community.