Illegal dumping carries on unabated despite increased efforts by Pikitup

Managing director of Pikitup, Lungile Dhlamini in partnership with the MMC for Environment and Infrastructure Development Services, Councillor Nico de Jager will be hosting a series of waste awareness campaigns to tackle the issue of illegal dumping.

As per the article, Name and shame illegal dumpers, the issue of illegal dumping in South Africa is an ever-increasing problem. It seems the more Pikitup operates a massive clean-up initiative, the more illegal dumping of goods takes place.

Randburg resident, Alison Johnstone said, “There are three trucks that dump building rubble in Honeydew on a daily basis. The open veld looks shocking and the culprits have no fear of being caught as no one polices the area.”

Sandton resident, Dedon Matsimbe added, “These illegal dumpers have no respect for others. I see them often illegally dumping near Makro in Woodmead. They don’t care; they do it during the day as they know they can get away with it.”

Pikitup will be hosting a series of waste awareness campaigns and public meetings as part of Pikitup’s Community Upliftment Programme (Cup). The MMC for Environment and Infrastructure Development Services, Councillor Nico de Jager and managing director of Pikitup will be hosting these campaigns – the first, being in Zandspruit.

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Zandspruit Informal Settlement has approximately 24 900 housing units and the community is faced with a number of socio-economic challenges, one of which is extensive illegal dumping. The waste awareness campaign aims to encourage residents and informal traders to actively participate in recycling and by doing so reduce the tonnes of waste that go to landfill sites.

 

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Jessica Knibbs

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