Illegal dumping By Onalenna molokwane

People throw trash where it is not allowed


The problem is that illegal dumping is a serious pollutes our environment and significantly diminishes the use,enjoyment and values of our public places for residents and tourists.just like litter, illegal dumping occurs across a range of situations and environments.
Some forms of illegal dumping such as chemicals or asbestos can directly cause harm or injuries to humans and wildlife, or lead to pollution of the environment. Animals can also become entangled in dumped items leading to injury or death

WHAT CAN ILLEGAL DUMPING CAUSE? People go sick and others pollute public places, making it dangerous for people to access or use of land.Degrade the value of land and surrounding properties and attract further illegal dumping.Pose of a fire risk and endanger people's lives by blocking access during emergencies.Hinder maintenance work related to road and bushes fires protection

The people in South African don't care about the signs and everything that the government give either you threaten or try to tell them the consequences so in other words people do not care about other people's health...the government doesn't do anything or try to put fences or electronic fences either
It is been shown in the statistics that each and every year the illegal dumping goes high every year,and it has been seen which means the municipality should build land fill sites


Msunduzi municipality has developed a long term strategy to curb illegal dumping.

Municipal manager, Mxolisi Nkosi said at a recent city council executive committee meeting that illegal dumping was a serious problem that gave the city a negative image.

“As the capital city of KwaZulu Natal there should be no visible adverse effects of illegal dumping as the Msunduzi municipality should be able to provide resources to deal effectively with the problem. The municipality, however, has a major problem of illegal dumping all over its jurisdiction, with varying degrees and frequency of dumping,” said Nkosi.

“The worst types of dumping are in the lower middle income to low income areas, in and around informal settlements, and in the main central business districts. It is known that illegal dumping in certain areas such as informal areas is caused by lack of proper refuse collection, but one can only guess why illegal dumping occurs in the areas where refuse collection services are provided,” added Nkosi.

He said various intervention measures that the municipality was planning included education and awareness on attitudes and behavioral change, and legalising some of the illegal dump sites by fencing and providing a skip and a site attendant.

Recycling of paper, plastic, cans, bottles and garden refuse as compost would go a long way in curbing illegal dumping.

To back up these measures law enforcement would include the deployment of peace officers to do monthly reports and compile statistics on prosecutions.

Msunduzi mayor, Chris Ndlela, echoed Nkosi`s sentiments about the state of the city and stressed that these interventions should be cascaded to war rooms as part of the Sukuma Sakhe campaign.

“We have tried our best to eradicate this moral decay in our society but it is obvious more stringent measures are needed if we are to win this war. The various by laws that were implemented are not severe enough to adequately deal with and discourage illegal dumping,” he said.

Many residents were simply not aware of various negative consequences of dumping. I believe that education and awareness campaigning combined with law enforcement can yield good results,” said Ndlela.

The waste management business unit has an education wing, the Keep Pietermaritzburg Clean Association, which would be able to help, he added.


Why does it happen?

Businesses and individuals that illegally dump, do so to avoid fees at landfills, or believe the time and effort required for proper disposal is to much.

To avoid detection and potential fines, offenders go to extraordinary lengths to illegally dispose of materials. If they considered the cost of fuel and time taken to dispose of the waste, they would usually find it cheaper and quicker to dispose of these materials legally at a landfill or transfer station.

What is Littering and Illegal Dumping?

Littering: Litter has been defined as the deposit of waste at a place that is an amount less than 200Ltr's in volume.

Littering - what can it look like?

Common types of litter include cigarette butts, drink bottles, fast food wrappers, material from a trailer that is poorly secured, grass clippings swept into the gutter, fishing tackle.

Dangerous Littering: Deposited equaling an amount less than 200 ltr's in volume, which causes or is likely to cause harm to a person or the environment.

Illegal Dumping - what can it look like?

Dumping is unsightly, it degrades the local environment, reduces property value and costs rate payers a substantial amount of money each year to clean up. Illegal dumping includes items such as bags of rubbish, garden waste, building materials, household goods, abandoned cars, scrap tyres and hazardous waste.


The Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011 includes a range of offences for litter and illegal dumping, including:

General littering

Littering from a vehicle

dangerous littering

illegal dumping

failing to clean up waste

Local Governments and the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (DEHP) have a shared responsibility for litter and illegal dumping enforcement. Authorised officers from Council and Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (DEHP) can issue fines and direction notices for litter and illegal dumping offences.

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