Where to dump legally, according to counsellors

REPORT IT: Report illegal dumping.

WITH Global Recycling Day approaching we decided to ask local ward councillors for more information on how dump sites work and how people can dispose of household batteries as well as electric appliances.

Ward 23

Ward 23 councillor Sarah Wissler gave us some insight and explained that in Ward 23 anyone is allowed to dump but only on Impala Road where it is legal. Here they are only permitted to dump one wheelbarrow load of plastic, bottles, paper and rubble. This is on the corner of Impala Road and Swartkoppies Road. The consequences of illegal dumping are a R2 000 fine and your vehicle can be impounded.

Wissler advised that when getting rid of appliances you can call the Southdale depot and arrange a collection. They can also take away furniture and bulk items. Batteries can also be disposed of at the dump site on Impala Road and also mentioned that there are provisions made at local shopping centres such as Glenvista Shopping Centre and Woolworths at the Glen.

RECYCLE: A special bin courtesy of Woolworths for people to dispose of their batteries and light bulbs at the Glen Shopping Centre.

Ward 56

Ward 56 councillor Michael Crichton also spoke to us and explained that Ward 56 residents are allowed to dump at the Garden Site on East Road, The Hill or at the Robinson Landfill in Turffontein.

“It is strictly prohibited for people to litter or dump on the pavement and can be liable to a fine or have their vehicles impounded. Storing building materials or rubble on the pavement outside one’s property is also prohibited,” said Crichton.

Ward 54

Councillor Sergio dos Santos of Ward 54 also reiterated that residents may dump household waste including recycling of oil, paper and plastic and only a small amount of building materials at their local garden site.

“Building materials should be taken to the Robinson landfill. Building rubble and soil can be disposed of at certain Pikitup landfills by building contractors at no cost. We introduced this initiative to divert builder’s rubble away from landfill sites (except for the quantities of rubble suitable for, and as required for use as daily cover material), thus increasing airspace and increasing the lifespan of existing landfills. Further, the initiative was introduced as a measure to combat illegal dumping, as rubble constitutes a significant amount of waste dumped illegally in Johannesburg,” said Dos Santos.

HELP: Help the environment.

He explained that in Ward 54 there is the Mondeor Garden Site for legal dumping. If you are found dumping illegally then JMPD will issue fines to the culprits and have also started impounding vehicles that are used for illegal dumping.

Dos Santos said there are waste services to remove items like fridges, stoves, etc. (does not include builders rubble and garden waste) on request every third Saturday of the month.

“Pikitup warned that hazardous waste should not be dumped at landfill sites as it could contaminate the groundwater. The entity has a storage facility, especially for hazardous waste. Blown bulbs and old batteries can also be disposed of at your nearest Builders Warehouse or Woolworths,” said Dos Santos.

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Through the [email protected] ([email protected]) household recycling programme, Pikitup provides residents in selected [email protected] serviced areas with recycling bags on a weekly basis. The bags are collected on a weekly basis.

“For areas not serviced through [email protected], recyclables can be dropped off at the Pikitup garden sites. You can play your part by making sure that recyclable materials (paper, plastic, cans, bottles and electronic waste) are kept aside and disposed of separately in allocated bins in public places, shopping outlets and Pikitup garden sites,” explained Dos Santos.

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Shernovia Reddy
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