The Department of Environmental Affairs has issued a statement with regards to illegal dumping, indicating that they have been inundated with complaints of illegal dumping of refuse bags all over Chatsworth.
Residents are urged to take note that those collecting refuse need a Safe Disposal Certificate to show the waste picked up is disposed at a licensed facility.
Residents can be held jointly and severally liable and guilty of an offence with regards to illegal dumping should their dirt be found illegally disposed off.
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The unfortunate health hazard of illegal dumping reared its ugly head during the municipal workers strike, which began last week.
A number of dumping areas have been overflowing with dirt, many of which are sore to the eye as illegal dumpers dumped dirt at the entrance and along the road where the dumps are situated.
“General household waste, if dumped in undesignated spots, leads to secondary impacts such as pollution of waterways and air-borne diseases. Household waste can be separated at source to store dry waste that cannot be recycled under cover and away from any water sources such as drains. Food waste is best stored in a separate container in the freezer until the day of collections,” the statement pointed out.