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Illegal landfills cost Cape Town over R300m a year

The city’s solid waste enforcement unit has already issued a total of 1,405 fines this year, amounting to R1.3 million.


Cape Town is calling on residents to help apprehend culprits involved in illegal landfills.

The city’s solid waste enforcement unit has already issued a total of 1,405 fines this year, worth R1.3 million.

The unit which specifically deals with contraventions of the Integrated Waste Management Regulations, focuses on litter and landfills and ensures companies have waste management plans in place.

His work also includes helping with outreach and education in communities where dumping has become rampant.

Despite the imposition of more than 1,400 fines for illegal dumping and related offences, officials believe more can be done if residents can work more closely with the City to apprehend violators.

This year, more than R300 million from city resources has been allocated to eliminate illegal landfills. This money could be used for something more constructive if people used deposit sites instead.

Grant Twigg, Member of the Mayor’s Committee for Urban Waste Management

In order to impose penalties for dumping, offenders must be caught red-handed.

Cape Town bosses are urging residents to help by recording evidence (i.e. taking photos/videos) which can be used to catch the offender and ensure they face consequences .

In addition to responding to reports of illegal dumping, officers conduct random inspections at dumping hotspots as well as spot checks at businesses.

The City has planned several dumps throughout the peninsula where vehicles with a load capacity of less than 1.5 tonnes can deposit up to three loads of site rubble free of charge per day.

Illegal dumping can drive down property values ​​and attract crime and filth to an area. Don’t let those who use your community as a dumping ground get away with it.

Grant Twigg, Member of the Mayor’s Committee for Urban Waste Management

Residents are also encouraged to use the weekly garbage collection service to get rid of waste, which operates throughout the city, except for informal unregistered settlements.

Settlements must be registered by Human Settlements before a budget can be allocated for services to a particular community.

Please take photos and submit them via the contact details below so we can make sure the culprits think twice before dumping again.

Grant Twigg, Member of the Mayor’s Committee for Urban Waste Management

Penalties for illegal dumping include fines ranging from R500 to R5,000 or impoundment of the vehicle involved. If a vehicle is seized due to a spill, a charge of R9,158.10 applies to release it.

To report illegal dumping, you must have the culprit’s vehicle registration number and be able to identify the offender.

You can report the violation through the following channels:Telephone: 021 444 6231/021 444 6224/021 444 6223
E-mail: solidwaste.bylaw@capetown.gov.za.
To notify the City of a deposit that needs cleaning, please call 0860 103 089.

This article first appeared on CapeTalk: Illegal landfills cost Cape Town over R300m a year



Illegal landfills cost Cape Town over R300m a year

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