Take-aways fined for dump­ing

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - NEWS - Athena O’Reilly or­eillya@ti­soblack­star.co.za

TWO Port El­iz­a­beth take­away out­lets caught dump­ing rub­bish il­le­gally – di­rectly un­der a “No dump­ing” sign – have been fined R2 000 each, pub­lic health po­lit­i­cal head Lance Groot­boom said yes­ter­day.

Groot­boom said the North End eater­ies had been is­sued with the fines and forced to re­move the rub­bish.

“Many con­struc­tion com­pa­nies, pri­vate cit­i­zens and food out­lets have been nabbed dump­ing il­le­gally since the launch of the il­le­gal dump­ing task force,” he said.

“As part of the metro’s ef­fort to clean up the city, those caught dump­ing il­le­gally are go­ing to be named and shamed,” he said.

Sports­ground Take Aways shop­keeper Nazrul Is­lam said he had been dump­ing at the cor­ner of Theale Street and Trafal­gar Square for five years and had never been fined

“There’s a new sign up there now, but I did not dump there for the past two days. I don’t know who ex­actly dumped there but we didn’t. The big­gest prob­lem we have is that there are no dump­ing sites in this area.

“We re­spect the law. We don’t want trou­ble so we are go­ing to pay the fine on Mon­day.”

Di­rect From The Farm owner Sylvester Onumah was at court yes­ter­day when the Week­end Post ar­rived at his es­tab­lish­ment. His wife Cyn­thia Onumah said the prob­lem was not the fine but the lack of fa­cil­i­ties to dump rub­bish.

“No one has a place to dump their waste and ev­ery­one dumps at the park,” she said.

“I don’t know why it should have at­tracted a fine be­cause I feel like we should have been is­sued with a warn­ing as well as solutions to where we can dump.”

Groot­boom said if peo­ple re­fused to pay the fines, they would have to pro­vide a rea­son to the courts.

Il­le­gal dump­ing can be re­ported to (041) 585-1555 or 082-781 -9416.


CAUGHT OUT: Sports­ground Take Aways owner Nazrul Is­lam re­ceived a R2 000 fine for il­le­gal dump­ing

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