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Metro to deal harshly with illegal dumpers in the east

The Tshwane metro said it will deal harshly with illegal dumpers in the east.

The area has been plagued by illegal dumping, with waste mushrooming on many roads while residents accuse the metro of turning a blind eye to the problem.

Recently an Equestria businessman told Rekord that the metro has exacerbated the dumping problem in Equestria/Willow Brae rather than solve it.

André Hugo reported to Rekord that he had been mailing the metro since before October 2023 about the dumping near and around his place of business on Libertas Street.

Hugo said instead of resolving the problem, the metro merely moved the rubbish deeper into the side of the road out of sight but this gives the impression that it condones the dumping.

Illegal dumping on Stanza Bopape Street. Photo: Itumeleng Mokoena

Local ward councillor Ben Chapman said he was aware of the illegal dumping situation in Libertas Street.

“This issue has been escalated to the Region 6 group head so many times,” said Chapman.

Another illegal dumping hotbed along Stanza Bopape Street, stretching from the Colbyn wetland to Cussonia Avenue and part of Koedoespoort, has left residents frustrated.

The area is riddled with building rubble and household waste dumped on the side of the road, which has caused a major health hazard for nearby dwellers.

In April, the metro and the University of Pretoria (UP) said they were discussing a permanent solution to eradicate illegal dumping along the N4 highway.

University spokesperson Rikus Delport said these sites will be cleared once a permanent solution has been found to prevent further dumping.

“The Tshwane task team instructed UP not to clear the dumping from these sites, since it would merely lead to more,” he said.

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Illegal dumping on Stanza Bopape Street. Photo: Itumeleng Mokoena

The Tshwane metro recently said it would show illegal dumpers no mercy.

In what it calls its “zero tolerance” approach, the metro said that those caught illegally dumping will face heavy fines and their vehicle will be impounded.

Mayor Cilliers Brink said the metro is intensifying its by-law enforcement, and will also confiscate vehicles used by dumpers and fine them heavily.

“We need to work together to keep Tshwane clean.

“As the metro and to improve our services, we have embarked on a waste management data verification project to address waste service billing accuracy and other related matters, such as applying for additional bins,” said Brink.

He said illegal dumping poses environmental and health risks and creates an unpleasant and unhealthy living environment for residents.

The mayor said there is no excuse for illegal dumping.

“The metro has operational waste disposal sites accessible to the public for domestic and garden refuse, and residents are encouraged to use these facilities to help keep Tshwane clean.

“It is also important to note that waste bins are provided to residents for free.”

Households with excess waste and backroom dwellers are encouraged to apply for additional bins.

The metro charges each household a monthly fee of R407.04 per bin to collect waste.

“Working with the Tshwane metro police, and waste management and environment compliance teams, we are escalating efforts to enforce by-laws, confiscate vehicles and impose hefty fines against offenders,” Brink said.

Landfill sites for the disposal of 1.3 tons or less of domestic waste are accessible for free. This is accessible to all residents, companies or institutions.

Waste that weighs more than 1.3 tons will be charged a fee of R230 per ton.

Domestic landfill sites can be found in the east of Pretoria: in Region 6 on Alwyn Street, Waltloo and the metro only has two transfer stations in Cullinan and Mabopane.

“Disposal is free, however, only 1.3 tons or less is acceptable. Transfer stations allow for the disposal of mixed domestic waste.”

The transfer station in the east can be found at Region 5 on Cullinan Road, Cullinan.

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