Illegal dumping of fiber lines and rubble raises concerns at GMM – Ridge Times
SECUNDA – Illegal dumping of garbage or rubble is a criminal offense.
Peak time heard of contractors currently installing fiber optic lines in the area who allegedly dumped cables and rubble in substation 23 in Secunda.
A resident spotted the team throwing trash in an open field.
The resident, who is also in the construction business, dropped off his workers at an intersection near where the spill was occurring.
“I went to where they (the contractors) were to see what was going on and asked them what they were doing,” the resident said.
He said the men told him they were jumping quickly and were going to leave and they were sorry.
They then continued to empty their garbage.
The resident told the men to throw their rubble at the local landfill.
“They said it was too far for them to drive,” said the resident.
He said the men also said it was too late and it was “shayil time” (kick-off time).
Mr. Donald Green, Acting Communications Officer of Govan Mbeki Municipality, said illegally dumped trash and waste is visible in our commercial and residential areas, access roads and open public spaces.
“Illegal unloaders have no responsibility towards the environment because they contribute to an environment harmful to our health and not favorable to future generations; a fundamental constitutional right of every citizen.
“By dumping garbage or dumping illegally, the person does not take ownership and responsibility for the waste they generate and conveniently transfers the responsibility to the municipality,” Green said.
The main function of the municipality is to provide an integrated waste management service, by which they encourage waste reduction at source, collect containerized waste, transport and dispose of waste in approved landfills.
By rendering additional services unnecessary, such as garbage collection and cleaning up illegal landfills, the operational cost of garbage removal increases.
“In an attempt to fight against litter and illegal dumping, the municipality has placed numerous awareness and display panels at strategic locations in our towns and access roads; regular education and awareness campaigns are organized in schools and community meetings; all businesses and residential stands benefit from a weekly garbage collection service; waste collection is carried out daily in central shopping areas; access roads, open public spaces are frequently picked up and regular clean-up campaigns are organized to eliminate litter dumped illegally at street corners and open public spaces.
“Unfortunately, these attempts appear to be ineffective, as the community ignores our demands and efforts to keep cities clean; garbage cans and billboards are vandalized, burned or stolen and garbage is always dumped illegally in open spaces and public areas, ”Green said.
He said that the state of our environment therefore greatly depends on the attitude and behavior of the community, which will only change when everyone realizes their responsibility to their environment, to the community and to themselves.
“The community can be of great help when they see someone illegally jumping into an open or public space, as law enforcement officers cannot be present all the time.”
The municipality has a law enforcement unit, which is responsible for enforcing all local regulations, including regulations on cleaning services and waste management.
“When a member of the community has identified a transgressor, he can help him by taking a picture of the person or the vehicle with the registration number, while he is in the process of taking action,” said Mr. Green.
He said the vehicle registration number must be visible in the photo, to find the correct owner.
The municipality will require an affidavit from the witness, which can be given to the municipality along with the photographic evidence, after which the person or vehicle owner will be summoned to court.
The court will lay charges against the offender. The witness may be called to appear as a witness and to testify in court.
The Law Enforcement Unit can be contacted on 017 620 6335, or report complaints through the call center on 080 060 0001/2/4.
Peak time has since contacted Open Serve regarding this matter who, in return, responded that they immediately reported this matter to their complaints department and that they are taking this matter very seriously.
The newspaper was told that the contractors were being forced to return to where they had dumped their rubble and clear the area.
“We are happy to inform you that the affected contractor has cleaned up the area and has made a commitment to meet with staff to ensure that this does not happen again,” said Melinda Beckmann, speaking on behalf of Open Serve.