Residents up in arms over dumping in the west

Illegal dumping on a field in Viviers Street. Photo: Supplied

Illegal dumping is a constant problem in the west of Pretoria.

Sanco member Ricardo Daubern said illegal dumping was still taking place at a field in Viviers Street, despite it being cleaned four times since December.

“The first time it was cleared was in December, the second February, the third March and the fourth April,” he said.

He said the overgrown grass and trees on the field were also becoming a concern.

“It is very bushy and therefore becoming increasingly dangerous,” said Daubern.

“Thieves hide in the bushes and it is no longer safe.”

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Illegal dumping on a field in Viviers Street. Photo: Supplied

Daubern said he had requested help from the Tshwane metro to organise another cleanup.

“Illegal dumping starts with yourself. If you take responsibility of your actions, there should be no problem.

If we all work together, I am sure we can make a difference.”

Daubern suggested that signs be erected on big fields in Pretoria.

“The signs must show what fines can be issued for illegal dumping.

That will make the dumpers think twice before they dump.”

Daubern lives across the street from the field that borders Viviers Street, Ferris Avenue, Strachan Street and Staatsartillerie Road.

He said the illegal dumping started late last year and was not only an eyesore, but also caused a bad smell.

“We have terrible problems with flies and other pests. We have never had pests in the past.”

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Illegal dumping on a field in Viviers Street. Photo: Supplied

Daubern said the items dumped ranged from building rubble to garbage.”

“I have even seen trucks of prominent businesses throwing away their garbage there.”

DA ward 3 councillor Carlo de Bruyn offered residents the following tips on how to prevent illegal dumping:

– Do not dump illegally

– Do not litter – think about what the kids see. Be an example.

– Report illegal dumping when you see it by phoning 012-358-7095/6.

– When reporting illegal dumping, get as much details as possible. Get the name of the officer you speak to, take note of the date and time, ask for feedback and see the entire process through and speak to residents about the importance of keeping our environment clean.

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Illegal dumping on a field in Viviers Street. Photo: Supplied

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