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 KwaDukuza 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 Thierry Leclezio, Ballito UIP Precinct Manager, to find out more about illegal dumping and how it affects Ballito.
- Is illegal dumping a major issue in the precinct you manage?
The illegal dumping situation isn’t too severe in Ballito currently as we have been managing the area for a while now. However, we still have the odd challenge periodically. When the UIP first began it was an issue we dealt with often.
- Is there a specific type of material that is most dumped?
Nothing specific is dumped, it’s more just general refuse in refuse bags.
- How is illegal dumping managed in the precinct and do you work with the municipality in managing this?
As mentioned, we don’t have too many issues but if there is a small amount of refuse, we usually try to deal with it ourselves. Otherwise, we ask the KwaDukuza Municipality to step in.
- Do you know where the closest landfill site to Ballito is located??
There is a landfill site between Shakashead and Umhlali. 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 Kwa Dukuza Municipal areas by calling 032 437 5091.