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 Andrew Fynn, Florida Road Precinct Manager, to find out more about illegal dumping and how it affects Florida Road.
- Is illegal dumping a major issue in the precinct you manage?
Yes, illegal dumping is an issue in the precinct as our precinct spans residents’ shoulder to shoulder with business establishments. Our northern and southern service lanes have hotspots for dumping which are constantly monitored by our security on patrol.
- Is there a specific type of material that is most dumped?
Nothing specific is being dumped. We have household refuse with garden refuse or renovation rubble and restaurants would dump food etc.
- How is illegal dumping managed in the precinct and do you work with the municipality in managing this?
If garden refuse is dumped, we liaise with the eTM Parks Department for collection or assistance to address the matter with residents. General rubbish dumping would be addressed with the eTM DSW Department. If any, we have a removal of rubble collected by our cleaning and gardening service provider who takes this to our local dump site.
- Do you know where the closest landfill site to Florida Road is located? The closest landfill area is the Springfield land fill site. 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.