Illegal dumping tarnishes Paradise’s beauty

Residents dispose of household goods and rubbish in Paradise.

No form of beauty welcomes Newcastillians at the entrance of Paradise.

Instead, a growing pile of rubbish on a vacant plot of land on Sutherland Street, has left residents seeing red.

Illegal dumping has been problematic for a while, but this specific pile of rubbish is growing daily,” said Mark Jacobs, owner of Two Eagles Security.

While he commended Newcastle Municipality for attempting to clean the area, Jacobs believed something needed to be done to curb illegal dumping.

“The municipality will have the rubbish removed, but people just keep coming back to dump their rubbish. It is a health issue and an eyesore for people who drive past.”

Dr Thava Kelly of Community Services’ Waste Management, said it would first need to be investigated to determine whether the land was owned by the municipality or by a private owner.

“Unless the land is owned by the municipality, the municipality does not clean vacant plots.”

If privately owned, Dr Kelly said it was the land owner’s responsibility to ensure the cleanliness of his or her own property.

As the Waste Management Department collected refuse on a weekly basis, Dr Kelly encouraged residents to refrain from dumping illegally and make use of the service offered by the municipality.

However, Dr Kelly assured those caught dumping, could face fines of R1 000.

“Residents have a weekly domestic cleansing service; make use of it,” she emphasised.

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