Vol­un­teer clean­ers los­ing to pol­luters

Oil and medicines at land­fill site as rub­bish clogs sub­urb’s stream

The Witness - - NEWS - Wit­ness War­riors. • war­riors@wit­ness.co.za

CON­CERNED cit­i­zens who have taken it upon them­selves to clean up their neigh­bour­hood are call­ing on the mu­nic­i­pal­ity to help them clean their stream and en­sure laws are ad­hered to at the land­fill site.

Paul Sir­illi of Lin­coln Meade said the Dorp­spruit near the Jes­mond Road bridge is in an ap­palling state with even an old couch float­ing in the river.

Sir­illi is one of the peo­ple from the area who walk around on the week­ends clean­ing up the place.

He said that al­though they clean up ev­ery week­end, it seems as if the more they clean, the more is dumped.

“Un­scrupu­lous” peo­ple is what he calls the guilty dumpers.

“This is the city of filth and in­com­pe­tence,” he said.

An­other res­i­dent said the con­di­tion of the stream “has just wors­ened each day”.

The res­i­dent said they of­ten call the mu­nic­i­pal­ity to no­tify them of the pol­lu­tion “but there seems to be no de­part­ment to deal with it”.

Sir­illi said he had also found diesel oil and med­i­ca­tion dumped at the land­fill site. “Surely this is il­le­gal. The so­called se­cu­rity guards do noth­ing but scav­enge all day and chase away the [waste pick­ers] that are try­ing to sur­vive while the guards are em­ployed,” al­leged Sir­illi.

Msun­duzi mu­nic­i­pal spokesper­son Thobeka Ma­fum­batha said the mu­nic­i­pal­ity does not have the ca­pac­ity to deal with med­i­cal waste.

“The re­spec­tive med­i­cal cen­tres do their own re­moval. It is a spe­cialised ser­vice that is cat­e­gorised,” Ma­fum­batha said.

Last year Msun­duzi Mu­nic­i­pal­ity said they were go­ing all out to en­cour­age res­i­dents to re­cy­cle house­hold waste. They an­nounced that they would be ex­pand­ing the kerb­side re­cy­cling project to all res­i­den­tial ar­eas un­der the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

The ini­tia­tive started as a pi­lot pro­gramme in 2009 in only three wards, then an­other ward was added last year.

Richard Ra­jah, the city’s head of waste man­age­ment, said the pro­gramme would be rolled out to all 37 wards un­der the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

But, have you seen the re­cy­cling project rolled out in your area? If so, please con­tact

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

Dump­ing in the Dorp­spruit near Jes­mond Road has be­come un­con­trol­lable.

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