Illegal dumping can quickly become a headache in public spaces by reducing the quality of their experience of place and becoming a laborious task to manage and clear. It could also result in a public health hazard.

Illegal dumping falls under eThekwini Municipality’s waste management by-laws and is the discarding of waste illegally instead of using permitted methods such as curb side collection or using an authorized dump site.

Different areas face their challenges and varying degrees of illegal dumping. We chat to Dewet geldenhuys, uMhlanga UIP Precinct Manager, to find out more about illegal dumping and how it affects uMhlanga Rocks.

  • Is illegal dumping a major issue in the precinct you manage?
    Fortunately, illegal dumping isn’t a major issue in uMhlanga Rocks. The residents, business and the uMhlanga UIP cleaning teams assist us in keeping refuse in the proper areas for collection, and for that we are always thankful.
  • Is there a specific type of material that is most dumped?
    As mentioned, thankfully we don’t see much illegally dumped material.
  • How is illegal dumping managed in the precinct and do you work with the municipality in managing this?
    If we do have the odd incident of illegal dumping, we contact the Municipality who deals with the collection or actual law enforcement is called upon if the person who is illegally dumping their items is caught.
  • Do you know where the closest landfill site to uMhlanga is located?
    The Cornubia landfill site is the nearest to the uMhlanga Rocks area. Please keep in mind that each landfill and dumping site has its own rules and regulations, contact the site directly if you require more information.

            You can report illegal dumping in the in the eThekwini Municipal areas by calling 031 311 8804.

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