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Lamontville residents act to stop illegal dumping
Residents of ward 74 and 75 in Lamontville were hard at work recently to stop illegal dumping by conducting a massive clean-up campaign which saw the removal of heaps of waste illegally dumped along busy roads and open spaces.
 
The clean-up was preceded by an awareness campaign which was coordinated by the South Durban Basin Area Based Management Unit, Durban Solid Waste (DSW), the Parks, Recreation and Culture Unit together with the Roads Department and Entuthukweni Primary School.
 
Ward 74 Councillor Nolubabalo Mthembu urged residents to practise proper waste disposal methods.
 “We are concerned by the continued illegal dumping which has a negative impact on the environment. Anyone caught dumping will be charged. I am happy that the area, which has been infested by litter, will be adopted by people living around the now spruced up spaces,” she said.
 
Msizi Mzotho, who adopted a spot in Cele Avenue, said he is looking forward to working with DSW and the Parks, Recreation and Culture Unit.
“Planting flowers and grass will keep the environment fresh and clean which is crucial for our wellbeing,” said Mzotho.
 
Senior Manager at the South Durban Basin Area Based Management Unit Eureka Singh said they planned the clean-up campaign to educate the community about keeping their environment clean and safe.
“We implore residents to take pride in their area and to be a watchdog for those who dump illegally,” said Singh.
 
Ward 75 Councillor Eunice Khanyile said compliance in adherence to correct waste management practices is the cornerstone to stop illegal dumping.
“I urge residents to continue reporting illegal dumping to 031 311 8804 and to be responsible by ensuring that their neighbourhoods are kept spotless.”   
 
Education Officer at DSW Emelda Mkhulisi urged the community to take out their waste only on their area’s refuse collection days.
“Unmanaged litter can cause serious environmental and health challenges to human lives. In our efforts to maintain a clean and sustainable City, we are committed to assisting residents keep their areas clean,” said Mkhulisi.  
 
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